Risk Factors of Anorexia

External factors

  • Life events, particularly those involving major changes (eg. loss of a family member or friend, the divorce or separation of parents, moving schools or jobs)
  • Dieting
  • Peer pressure
  • Inability to effectively deal with stress
  • Personal or family history of obesity, depression, substance abuse or eating disorders
  • Troubled personal or family relationships
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • History of teasing or bullying, particularly when based on weight or shape

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