Pinning anorexia causes to a single issue or incident is impossible. Emotional insecurity, society, or peer pressure can contribute to anorexia's many causes. The truth is, nobody can say for sure what causes eating disorders of any kind. However, verbal bullying, or even dysfunctional family relationships may be contributing factors.
I recently read an eating disorder article about anorexia causes, it talked about the ongoing research with regards to anorexia and genetics.
Of the people who are already at risk for developing anorexia, as many as 56% of those cases are related to genetics.
But what about the other 44%?
It's natural for a lot of us to want to help people with eating disorders - fix whatever needs to be fixed to make life better for them.
In order to do that, we try to assign a reason or cause to the illness. With that information, we figure that we can develop and plan to make it go away.
If only it were that simple. With anorexia, causes are multi-factoral, which makes it nearly impossible to come up with a cure that works for everyone.
Still, trying to understand at least some of the causes of anorexia nervosa will help you to help your friend and/or loved one.
Most of the issues mentioned here are situations where the anorexic has little or no control over his/her situation.
This is a major factor, considering the fact that most patients use an eating disorder as a way of feeling in control of something in their lives.
Anorexia causes and causes of eating disorders can come in the form of psychological issues, some of which may have a genetic component.
Depression signs and symptoms could be present at the onset of the eating disorder as a result of genetics.
Depression warning signs may also show up later as one of the effects of starvation.
Anorexia could also develop as one of the many effects of bullying, which would (without a doubt) create major self esteem issues.
Other psychological or emotional causes:
Social causes of anorexia nervosa are those that influence, injure or coerce someone into the throes of the eating disorder, whether it's intentional or or not - and most of the time it's not.
Some people are not easily influenced by the socially defined feminine ideal of the "perfect body". For others, it becomes an obsession. Obesity and anorexia have a social factor that results from peer pressure to be thin, as well as emotional bullying or verbal bullying.
Other social or "outside" anorexia causes:
Read more about the media and cognitive causes of anorexia.
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