Why do people get eating disorders?

Eating disorders are complex illnesses, impacted by genetic, biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors.

Research is yet to identify a single ’cause’ explaining why some people develop an eating disorder. It is much more likely that some people have personal characteristics that make them vulnerable to developing an eating disorder and that the experience of specific life events then trigger the onset of illness. Once the illness is triggered, particular factors then come in to play, acting to maintain the disorder.