Bulimia Nervosa - Cause
The cause of
bulimia is not clear, but it probably results from a
combination of genetics, family behaviors,
social values (such as admiring thinness), and other things that can put someone at risk (such as perfectionism).
Your risk for bulimia increases if your parent, sister, or
brother has the condition. But family history may be only part of the cause.
Stressful life events such as moving, divorce, or the death of a loved
one can trigger bulimia in some people.
Many young women, such as
those in college or high school, have unhealthy attitudes toward eating and
toward their bodies. Socially, they may accept and encourage destructive behaviors
like extreme dieting or binge eating and purging. These beliefs and behaviors are
not normal or healthy. They can play a part in developing eating disorders that
need treatment. Women who begin to severely restrict their diets in order to
lose weight are at risk for bulimia.
Bulimia, like all
eating disorders, is a complex physical and psychological condition. Recovery
requires treatment that helps you change your behavior and also deals with the
deeper attitudes and feelings that cause you to binge and purge.