Eating disorders are more common in teenage and young adult women. However, they also occur in boys, men and older women. It’s important to know the risk factors and warning signs.
While the exact cause of eating disorders is unknown, these factors may increase risk:
• Genetics and a family history of eating disorders
• Mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Frequent dieting, especially at a young age
• Being teased and bullied about weight
• Poor body image (excessive worry about how you look)
• Participating in sports that focus on weight, such as gymnastics or wrestling