What Causes Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses; while the precise cause is not known, most researchers currently believe that eating disorders arise from the a complex interaction of genetics and environmental triggers. Eating disorders are not caused by choice, passing fads or phases; they are severe and can be fatal. Once started they can create an ongoing cycle of physical and emotional destruction. 

Psychological Factors

Dieting & Social Pressure

Environmental Factors


For more information on causes of eating disorders please visit the National Eating Disorder Association at www.neda.org and the Eating Disorder Coalition at www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org.

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