Factors Influencing the Development of Anorexia Nervosa and Other Eating Disorders in Young Adults

Woman holding an almost empty plateAnorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder are mental health issues. Seeking and obtaining effective treatments for eating disorders is extremely important. According to studies, these disorders have the highest rate of mortality. Moreover, it is important for American families to understand the factors that may affect the development of these problems among young adults. EDCare shares more information about these conditions.

Body Image as Touted in the Media

Bulimic behavior consists of binge-eating alternated with purging for the purpose of keeping one’s weight in check. The core motivation for eating disorders is to maintain an ideal figure. The ideal body type, as portrayed in various forms of media, is a preconceived notion of perfection. A certain image of thinness is considered to be "normal" and a specific weight range is touted as “healthy”.

The trends on social media alone may directly or indirectly influence the decision of young adults on whether or not they will take to the current notion of the perfect body type. Studies have shown that young girls refer to certain thinness on the topic of the ideal figure, which they see in beauty magazines or in social media posts.

Development of Eating Disorders at an Early Age

Some people who have been diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia confess to having fears of being fat—a fear so strong it distorts their relationship with food. Problems with body image and dissatisfaction with one’s body are among the underlying problems associated with anorexia and bulimia. Apparently, these issues develop in childhood, and may only manifest overtly as behaviors associated with eating disorders.

Reports in online psychiatric publications reveal that people diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and bulimia presented specific behaviors when they were children. Obsessive and anxious children who are also achievement-oriented are more at risk. This type of temperament, confounded by a reward processing system gone awry puts a person on the road to developing eating disorders later on.

Many celebrities have opened up about eating disorders and their personal struggles. Help your loved one win over anorexia and bulimia by learning about the factors influencing these disorders.