You Don’t Have To (____) To Have An Eating Disorder.

BE UNDERWEIGHT

Binge Eating Disorder (or BED) can be categorized alongside anorexia and bulimia as an “eating disorder,” however, it is not characterized by abstaining from food, but overeating due to stress eating or low self-esteem and/or confidence. Aside from BED, people with eating disorders vary in body shape and size.

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BE VAIN

Eating disorders and poor eating habits are not driven by arrogance or narcissism over maintaining body appearance. It is developed as a way to wrestle with guilt or distress.

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BE WHITE AND WEALTHY

Eating disorders extend across various levels of socioeconomic status, ethnicities, countries, ages, and sexes.

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BE INSPIRED BY MEDIA

Though the expectation of how men and women should look is revealed in several  forms of advertisement and other media outlets, it is not the cause of an eating disorder. However, it may cause someone to feel a certain way about their own body, or impose pressure to appear a certain way.

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COME FROM AN UNHEALTHY HOME

Authoritative parenting or unstable living environments are often criticized for the onset of an eating disorder; however, people with eating disorders come from an array of familial dynamics, some positive while others negative. 50%-80% of the risk for acquiring an eating disorder is genetic. Nevertheless, family support is important to a successful recovery.

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