Risk Factors of Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which you’re so anxious about food and body weight that you can often focus on little more else. The main important types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating problem.

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Risk Factors of Eating Disorders

  1. 1. A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease orcondition. It is possible to develop eating disorders with or without the riskfactors. A number of factors can play a role in your risk of developing aneating disorder. Emotional stress, generated by significant life events, oftenprecedes the onset of an eating disorder in susceptible individuals.
  2. 2. Certain situations and events might increase the risk ofdeveloping an eating disorder. These risk factors may include:• Being female• Age• Family history• Emotional disorders• Dieting• Transitions
  3. 3. The factors that contribute to the onset of an eating disorder arecomplex. No single cause of eating disorders has been identified;however, known contributing risk factors include:• Genetic vulnerability• Psychological factors• Socio-cultural influences
  4. 4. Eating disorders cause a wide variety of complications, some ofthem life-threatening. The more severe or long lasting the eatingdisorder, the more likely you are to experience seriouscomplications. Complications may include:• Death• Heart problems• Depression• Digestive problems• Kidney damage• High or low blood pressure
  5. 5. Eating disorder treatment depends on yourspecific type of eating disorder. But ingeneral, it typically includespsychotherapy, nutrition education andmedication. If your life is at risk, you mayneed immediate hospitalization.

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