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What are the risk factors?

Written by : DoctorNDTV Team

The following factors may increase the risk of an eating disorder like anorexia:

Sex. Teenage girls and young women are more likely than teenage boys and young men to develop eating disorders.
Age. Although eating disorders can occur in midlife, they are more common the teens and 20s.
Family influences. People who feel less secure in their families, whose parents and siblings may be overly critical, are at higher risk of eating disorders.
Heredity. Eating disorders are more common in people who have close family members with eating disorders.
Emotional disorders. People with depression, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder are more likely to also have an eating disorder.
Excessive exercise. People who participate in highly competitive athletic activities are at greater risk of developing an eating disorder.

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