Essay about The Causes Of Eating Disorders

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The Causes of Eating Disorders
There are many different types of eating disorders, the most common ones being anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. While eating disorders are usually found in females, eating disorders can develop in males as well. But what causes eating disorders in the first place? Many possible causes of eating disorder include people having negative views of their body image, peer-pressure to have a thin body, depression, and stress.
Anorexia is a type of eating disorder that involves people refusing to eat or eating extremely small amounts of food and exercise vigorously. Researchers hypothesize that anorexia may be caused by biological, psychological, and social factors (Ross-Flanigan 1329). One possible cause is that the parents of the people that develop anorexia are too overprotective and have set impractically high expectations from them (Ross-Flanigan 1329). A reason why this may cause people to develop an eating disorder, is that they are under such immense pressure to fulfill their parents’ ideals. Because of this pressure that they feel, they could start to think that not eating is the solution, or even that the stress causes them to not want to eat. Additionally, not eating may be the childrens’ way of rebelling against their parents and the expectations that their parents have set for them. While it may be impossible to have a definite cause of anorexia, these causes are common factors among those that have anorexia.
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