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How do eating disorders develop?

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Eating disorders tend to develop during the teenage and young adult years, and they are much more common in girls and women. No one knows the precise cause of eating disorders, but they seem to coexist with psychological and medical issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trouble coping with emotions, and substance abuse. For some people, a preoccupation with food becomes a way to gain control over one aspect of their lives. Although it may start out as simply eating a bit more or less than usual, the behavior can spiral out of control and take over the person’s life. Eating disorders are a serious medical problem that can have long-term health consequences if left untreated.

From: Signs of an Eating Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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