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How do eating disorders develop?

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Eating disorders tend to start during the teenage and young adult years. No one knows the exact cause of eating disorders, but they seem to happen along with psychological and medical issues, such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trouble handling emotions, and substance abuse. For some people, a preoccupation with food becomes a way to gain control over one aspect of their lives.

From: Signs of an Eating Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Merck Manual: “Anorexia Nervosa;” “Bulimia Nervosa;” and “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Merck Manual: “Anorexia Nervosa;” “Bulimia Nervosa;” and “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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