Eating disorders are caused by a number of factors, such as: genetics, family dynamics, cultural focus on thinness, peer pressure, athletic competition, and personality traits such as perfectionism, impulsiveness and low self-esteem.
Eating disorders are progressive – which means that problem behaviors become full-fledged disorders if untreated over time. Serious and irreversible medical problems, even death may result. Eating disorders do not just "go away" on their own.
If your eating habits and preoccupation with food and thinness are having a destructive impact on your daily activities; and your attempts to stop the behaviors have failed, you may need professional help to regain control of your life. Therapy with an experienced, licensed professional will help you:
Therapy can help you find the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and how you use food.
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