Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses with physical manifestations. A number of factors can contribute to the development of an eating disorder, including genetics and mental health as well as cultural factors. This is called the biopsychosocial model.
While eating disorders are serious and can have life-threatening complications, they are also treatable illnesses.
Many factors can influence the development of an eating disorder. These factors can be biological (genetic and biochemical), psychological (personality and mental health), and social (including cultural norms about food and appearance). Individuals who are struggling with their identity and self-image can be at risk, as can those who have experienced trauma. Because eating disorders and mental illness are still stigmatized, some people who have disordered eating may be secretive or ashamed and go to great lengths to hide their disorder.
If the way you eat and think about food interferes with your life and keeps you from enjoying life and moving forward, you may be experiencing disordered eating. Take it seriously and talk to one of our therapists at Evölve today.