About Eating Disorders

What Causes an Eating Disorder?

We’re not exactly sure, but we’re learning more all the time.  We do know that’s it’s not always about food and weight.  It may start that way, but often someone with an eating disorder uses food as a coping mechanism.  There’s almost always an underlying combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors.  For example, someone that binges and purges may be trying to cope with depression.  Someone who restricts may be trying to cope with trauma.  Sometimes many factors are present in someone with an eating disorder, sometimes just one. It’s important to remember eating disorders are very complex, and no two people who suffer from them are the same.

Factors that may contribute to eating disorder:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Difficulty expressing emotion and feelings
  • History of abuse and trauma
  • Pressure to obtain a certain body type
  • Family history of eating disorders
  • Chemical imbalances that relate to hunger, appetite, and satisfaction

No matter what factors may have contributed to someone’s eating disorder, it’s important to know that recovery is possible and most often requires professional help.