Causes

Negative emotions on their own do not cause eating disorders, but certain patterns in the way people deal with these difficult feelings are often very significant. Sufferers often feel guilty or wrong for experiencing negative emotions like anger and anxiety, and therefore grow up learning to suppress them rather than deal with them in a…

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When someone develops an eating disorder, there are usually many factors which have been involved in the cause. There simply isn’t one ‘trigger’: although something may happen which pushes the person into an eating disorder, it has generally been brewing under the surface before that point. Problems with self esteem are at the root of…

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Dieting on its own is not a cause of eating disorders – obviously many millions of people diet without going on to develop and eating disorder. But nearly 3/4 of people who do go on to have eating disorders say that the first step was dieting. Dieting can be the first sign of eating disorders…

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