According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), approximately 9% of the U.S. population will have an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. One of the most common eating disorders is anorexia nervosa (often referred to as just “anorexia”). Below, we explain what anorexia is and who may be most vulnerable to it.

What Is Anorexia?

Before discussing who anorexia primarily affects, it may be helpful to explain exactly what it is. Anorexia is an eating disorder that causes someone to have a distorted perception of their weight as well as an extreme fear of gaining weight. Many people with this disorder severely restrict their caloric intake, exercise excessively, or purge after eating. As a result, individuals with anorexia often have a dangerously low body weight.

Anorexia Causes & Risk Factors

Researchers are still working to determine exactly what causes anorexia, but studies suggest that it may involve a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors. Although anyone can develop anorexia, it’s especially common among females, adolescents, and teenagers. You may be particularly vulnerable to it if:

  • You’re a perfectionist.
  • You’re impulsive or have a hard time regulating your emotions.
  • You regularly go on diets.
  • You’ve recently gone through an emotional transition (for example, a move, a breakup, or the death of a loved one).
  • You’ve been teased or bullied about your appearance.
  • You’ve experienced a traumatic event.
  • You have a parent or sibling who had anorexia.

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If you struggle with anorexia—or if you suspect that a loved one may be living with this condition—we can help. Our compassionate therapists are highly experienced in treating anorexia and other eating disorders, and we’ll provide you with the customized treatment you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about our practice and schedule an initial consultation.

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