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Anorexia Nervosa - What Increases Your Risk

The risk for anorexia nervosa increases if you:

  • Have a family history of an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia nervosa.
  • Have certain personality traits and emotional conditions, such as perfectionism, perseverance, anxiety, or low self-esteem.
  • Feel family, cultural, or social pressures related to goals such as thinness, high achievement, or perfection.

For some people, limiting what they eat can meet a need for personal control and self-esteem. Some teens may fall into this pattern as a way to cope with big changes and challenges.

A parent may have cause for concern if:

  • A child expresses concerns about weight at a very young age.
  • A teen becomes more strict with a diet.
  • A teen intensifies his or her exercise routine.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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