What causes eating disorders?
There is no singular cause linked to eating disorders; however it is believed that they develop from a variation of factors included below.
- Biological factors – family history of disordered eating, hormone dysregulation, or neurological changes
- Psychological factors – Low self esteem or confidence, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, stress
- Social Factors – Abuse, neglect, trauma, bullying, interpersonal or professional challenges
The path to recovery from eating disorders can feel challenging, scary, and at times feels impossible, however recovery IS possible. When you are ready to begin implementing new supports, begin with contacting your primary care physician, who can help provide a referral to a specialist for eating disorders.
- NEDA – a helpline and online resource that provides support and advice regarding eating disorders.
- The National Center for Eating Eating Disorders – provides resources for individuals struggling with eating disorders, and training for healthcare/mental health professionals.
Remember, everyone’s experience with eating disorders are different, so it’s important to work with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized plan for managing your symptoms and improving your quality of life.