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What are risk-factors of binge eating disorder (BED)?

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We don’t know exactly what triggers this eating disorder. But some things make you more likely to get it, including:

  • Family history. Your chances of any eating disorder, including BED, are higher if your parents or siblings have or had one.
  • Research suggests your genes may play a role.
  • Personality traits. Being a perfectionist, having low self-esteem, or being depressed may up your odds.
  • Childhood issues. Painful experiences, such as being made fun of for your weight or body, are linked to BED.
  • Unhealthy relationship with food. Dieting and cutting calories in unhealthy ways, such as skipping meals, can lead to this condition.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Gearhardt, A. , September 2011. Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Pinaquay, S. , February 2003. Obesity Research

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder.”

Helder, S. , 2011. Current Topics in Behavioral Science

Fairburn, C. , May 1998. Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Gearhardt, A. , September 2011. Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Pinaquay, S. , February 2003. Obesity Research

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder.”

Helder, S. , 2011. Current Topics in Behavioral Science

Fairburn, C. , May 1998. Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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