Anonymous asked

Hello I am a graduate student doing research on eating disorders and how unhealthy relationships have a factor in that. Here is my question for you: Do you believe that unhealthy relationships (parents, friends, family, significant others) can cause eating disorders if so why or why not? Thank you

Insight Psychological Staff answered

Karen,

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Ashley

Insight Psychological Staff answered

All factors within a system influence one another. What I mean by this is that interactions within the family will contribute to the severity of the eating disorder. However, we cannot determine cause-effect. There are many people in “unhealthy” family relationships who never develop an eating disorder. People develop many different ways of coping with life stressors. In addition, eating disorders can show up in healthy familes as well. Although family interactions influence the outcome of all sorts of health conditions, we cannot say certain family patterns cause eating disorders.

For more information on this, I would suggest searching journal articles on PsycInfo. some key terms you couold lok up include “eating disorders”,  “families”, and “causes”. If you have difficulites finding the articles you are looking for, you could ask a librarian for help.

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