- abnormally low or high body weight
- an irregular diet
- the desire to eat alone or secretly
- using the bathroom frequently after a meal obsession with losing or gaining weight quickly
- obsession with physical appearance and perception of body by others
- feelings of guilt and shame around eating habits
- experiencing abnormal stress or discomfort about eating habits
Family history: Genes may increase a person's susceptibility to developing an eating disorder. People with first-degree relatives who have an eating disorder are more likely to have one, too.
Excessive dieting: Weight loss is often met with positive reinforcement. The need for affirmation can drive you to diet more severely, which can lead to an eating disorder.
- low self-esteem
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- troubled relationships
- impulsive behaviour