What causes anorexia nervosa?

The exact cause of anorexia nervosa is not well known but it is thought to be a combination of environmental, psychological, and biological factors. 
People with high levels of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and/or who are perfectionists are thought to be at higher risk for developing anorexia nervosa. Since people with this disorder use their eating habits as a way to gain control over their lives, it is also thought that people who have low self-esteem or feelings of inadequacy/loneliness may be more prone to developing anorexia. 
Societal expectations and pressure from family, peers, jobs, coaches, etc. may also cause someone to feel an immense pressure to be thin and equate body image with self-worth. 
In addition, since anorexia nervosa has a tendency to run in families, it is theorized that it may be hereditary. Certain genetic alterations are thought to make people more prone to developing this disorder as well. 
anorexia nervosa causes

  • "Anorexia nervosa" Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 28 Jan. 2016. Web. 14 Aug. 2017.
  • “Anorexia Nervosa.” Cleveland Clinic, 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 14 Aug. 2017.


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