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6 Causes of Eating Disorders

With the abundance of food available to most Americans today, perhaps it’s no surprise that eating disorders have become a fairly common problem. Not only is it incredibly easy for most people to access food, but much of the most affordable food, such as fast food and snacks, is potentially damaging when eating in excess.

Of course, over-eating is not the only type of eating disorder. In an effort to look like the beautiful people on our favorite television shows, in our favorite movies, and in the most popular magazines, many people go to extreme lengths to achieve what they believe is the ideal body type. If not controlled, this behavior can lead to bulimia and anorexia, both of which can have devastating effects on the human body and may even lead to death. So, what are some of the causes of eating disorders and how can we address them?

1. Chemical

Many medical professionals, including scientists and physicians, who study eating disorders believe the problem can be tied to biochemical disorders in the brain. Specifically, it’s possible that an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain can cause one to feel hungry more or less than they should, drastically increasing their chances of having an unhealthy relationship with food.

Sometimes these chemical imbalances in the brain can be remedied through the use of medications, but this is effective only some of the time. The use of medication in addition to regularly meeting with a support professional — such as a social worker, physician, or psychiatrist — can provide the help one requires to overcome their chemical imbalance and lead a more healthy life.

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