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What causes anorexia?

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Doctors don't know the exact causes of anorexia nervosa. But the condition sometimes runs in families. Young women with a parent or sibling with an eating disorder are more likely to form one.

There are psychological, environmental, and social factors that may contribute to the development of anorexia. People with anorexia come to believe that their lives would be better if only they were thinner. They're usually perfectionists and overachievers. The typical anorexic person is a good student involved in school and community activities.

Many experts think anorexia is part of a person's unconscious attempt to come to terms with unresolved conflicts or painful childhood experiences. While sexual abuse has been shown to be a factor in the development of bulimia, it's not associated with the development of anorexia.

From: Understanding Anorexia -- the Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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Hales, R., and Yudofsky, S. (editors), , 4th edition, American Psychiatric Publishing, 2003.  Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry

Brewerton, T., - Edition 1, Marcel Dekker, Inc, 2004. Clinical Handbook of Eating Disorders: An Integrated Approach

Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders website.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

SOURCES: 

Hales, R., and Yudofsky, S. (editors), , 4th edition, American Psychiatric Publishing, 2003.  Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry

Brewerton, T., - Edition 1, Marcel Dekker, Inc, 2004. Clinical Handbook of Eating Disorders: An Integrated Approach

Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders website.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

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