Causes of Eating disorders


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Cause details for Eating disorders: Eating disorders are not due to a failure of will or behavior; rather, they are real, treatable medical illnesses in which certain maladaptive patterns of eating take on a life of their own. The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. A third type, binge-eating disorder, has been suggested but has not yet been approved as a formal psychiatric diagnosis. Eating disorders frequently develop during adolescence or early adulthood, but some reports indicate their onset can occur during childhood or later in adulthood.1

Further insight is likely to come from studying the role of gonadal steroids. Their relevance to eating disorders is suggested by the clear gender effect in the risk for these disorders, their emergence at puberty or soon after, and the increased risk for eating disorders among girls with early onset of menstruation. 1

Underlying condition causes of Eating disorders: The list of possible underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Eating disorders) mentioned in various sources as possible causes of Eating disorders includes:

Eating disorders as a complication: Other conditions that might have Eating disorders as a complication might be potential underlying causes of Eating disorders. The list of conditions listing Eating disorders as a complication in our database includes:

Related information for causes of Eating disorders: Further relevant information on causes of Eating disorders may be found in the risk factors for Eating disorders and underlying causes of Eating disorders.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Eating Disorders Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions: NIMH

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