How did I get anorexia?

Aoife Ryan continues her look at anorexia in a 4 part series

Part 2 ; Who gets Anorexia?

Anorexia is associated with low self-esteem, perfectionism, and difficulty coping with uncertainty. Combinations of factors (biological, psychological, familial, and socio-cultural) usually come together making someone more likely to develop an eating disorder. Statistics show that adolescent girls and young women are most likely to develop anorexia. The main thing to know is that anorexia is not something anyone asks for – it can begin as wanting to lose weight to feel better about oneself generally, and following positive affirmation from friends and peers the disorder escalates in some and may not in other dieters.


What triggers the onset of Anorexia?

Anorexia may be triggered by low self-esteem/emotional resilience through adolescence and factors involved in the development of an insecure self. Another trigger may be an event that has made someone conscious/sensitive about their shape and weight. A combination of these two increases the likelihood of someone developing an eating disorder.