Eating Disorder Risk Factors

What are some risk factors for the development of eating disorders?



Eating disorders are complex, with biological, psychological, and social influences. Some potential risk factors include:

  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Dieting
  • Experience of weight stigma
  • Genetics/family history
  • Low self-esteem
  • Predisposition to experiencing negative emotions or anxiety
  • Trauma



Learn more about the different types of eating disorders under Eating Disorders & Treatment.