Eating problems can happen for many reasons:
Difficult life experiences
- Stressful events or trauma, for example physical, emotional or sexual abuse, the death of someone very close to you, family problems such as your parents getting divorced, or pressures at school or work such as exams or being bullied.
- Major life changes, for example puberty, going to a new school, working out your sexuality, or leaving home for the first time.
– Childhood experiences. For example, if your parents were strict, you may have used food as a way of gaining more control over your life. Other people in your family may be dieting, over-eating or have an eating problem, which can have impact on you too.
If you have some of the following characteristics you may be more vulnerable:
- Perfectionism – wanting everything you do to be perfect and rarely being satisfied with what you have done
- Being very critical of yourself
- Being very competitive
- Obsessive or compulsive behaviour
- A lack of confidence in expressing yourself
Physical and mental health problems
If you have physical problems or mental health problems (such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder or body dysmorphic disorder); you may start having eating problems. Some people use eating problems and exercise as a way of controlling their lives.
Eating problem can be linked to mental health problems like self-harm and having suicidal feelings.
Most people are influenced by society and culture, even though we are not always aware of it, such as messages about our bodies and how we should look, impacting on your own body image and self-esteem.[clear-line] Mind. For more information or advice on eating disorders, please visit Mind. [clear-line]