Causes of eating Disorders

By: Curtis Brown


Psychological Factors

  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of inadequacy or lack of control in life
  • Depression, anxiety, anger, stress or loneliness

Interpersonal Factors

  • Troubled personal relationships
  • Difficulty expressing emotions and feelings
  • History of being teased or ridiculed based on size or weight
  • History of physical or sexual abuse

Social Factors

  • Cultural pressures that glorify “thinness” or muscularity and place value on obtaining the “perfect body”
  • Narrow definitions of beauty that include only women and men of specific body weights and shapes

Anorexia/ Bulimia/ Binge Eating


An eating disorder causing people to obsess about weight and what they eat.

Symptoms: Behavioral, Gastrointestinal, Weight Loss

People could have health problems with weight loss, and being to skinny, and social anxiety


A serious eating disorder marked by binging, followed by methods to avoid weight gain.

Symptoms: guilt, general discontent, anger, or mood swings

Bulimia is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder.

Binge Eating

Regularly eating far more food than most people would in a similar time period under similar circumstances.

Symptoms: Over weight, Impulsive eating, Feeling depressed or disgusted about your eating habits.