When Does Someone Develop an Eating Disorder?

When Does Someone Develop an Eating Disorder?Even if you have struggled with an eating disorder yourself, it can be difficult to know just how and when your eating disorder began. If someone you love has an eating disorder, you may want to know when this problem began and how to help your loved one. There are ways to recognize and eating disorder and help is available to help you regain a healthy way of eating.

What Causes Eating Disorders?

There are varied causes for all eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive exercise and compulsive overeating. Most people assume that eating disorders are simply a matter of dissatisfaction with one’s body, but problem eating usually has a number of deeper causes. Some of the causes and risk factors of eating disorders include the following:

  • Stress and traumatic experiences
  • Changes in hormone levels or brain chemicals
  • A strong desire to have control over one’s appearance and life
  • Perfectionism or anxiety over perfectionism
  • Societal influences such as media, peer pressure to be thin or muscular, or job requirements
  • Family influences or a family history of eating disorders
  • Low self-esteem, depression or anxiety

Often, people who struggle with eating disorders describe feeling out of control of their lives. Sometimes eating (or not eating) feels like the only controllable factor for these patients. As the eating disorder begins, it can quickly become worse over time, ultimately becoming uncontrollable and distressing.

Getting Help for an Eating Disorder

Are you concerned that you or someone you love is showing eating disorder symptoms? Whether you are struggling with anorexia symptoms, bulimia symptoms, compulsive overeating symptoms or binge eating disorder symptoms, we can help.

We are part of a nationwide network of treatment programs that offers integrated rehab for eating disorders, mental illness and substance abuse. We can help you find the right eating disorder rehab to meet your needs.

If you are struggling to get a loved one into treatment, we can put you in touch with an experienced professional to help you plan an intervention, or even someone with an eating disorder who can encourage you or a loved one to seek help.

Let us help you find a treatment program that works. We can even help you find a treatment program that is in-network for your insurance provider and help you negotiate coverage with your health insurance plan. All of our calls to our 24 hour helpline are completely confidential and toll-free. Find out how we can help you today.