Risk Factors of Anorexia

Eating disorders do not have a single, identifiable cause. There are psychological, biological and social risk factors which may increase the likelihood of an eating disorder developing, as well as behaviours and traits which can be changed (such as dieting, poor self-esteem, perfectionism). Eating disorders can occur across all ages, socio-economic groups and genders. Some potential risk factors for the development of an eating disorder include:

Psychological factors

  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Depression or anxiety
  • A belief that love from family & friends is dependent on high achievement
  • Difficulty expressing emotions and feelings, particularly negative emotions such as anger, sadness, anxiety or fear
  • Ineffective coping strategies
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear or avoidance of conflict
  • Competitiveness
  • Impulsive or obsessive behaviours
  • Highly concerned with the opinions of others, often with a need to please
  • Prone to extremes, such as ‘black and white’ thinking

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