Causes of ED

Sydnie Ridley, M.S., MFT (MFT#36053)

Phone: 310-463-5106

Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, adolescents and depression.

What Causes One to Develop an Eating Disorder?

Psychological Factors:


Sociocultural Factors:


Interpersonal Factors:


Biological and Biochemical Factors:

Researchers are still examining potential biochemical or biological causes of eating disorders. It has been found that some eating disorder sufferers have imbalances in certain chemicals in the brain that control hunger, appetite, and digestion. Investigation into the implications of these imbalances is still underway.

Seek Help: Eating disorders arise from a variety of causes. They create a self-perpetuating cycle of physical and emotional destruction. All eating disorders require professional help.



Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center,

Dept. of Health and Human Services (1987, 1995). Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia.

Also adapted from EDAP, Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention, 1998,


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