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Bulimia Nervosa Causes

(Also Known As: Bulimia Causes, Bulimic Causes, Eating Disorder Causes, Binge-Purge Disorder Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Bulimia Nervosa?

Just like other psychological disorders, the main causes of bulimia nervosa are not completely established. The combinations of various factors such as biological, psychological and socio-cultural influences were taken into account as possible causes of bulimia nervosa. The sufferer of bulimia usually feels helpless, depressed, with low self-esteem and afraid to gain weight. Researchers believe the disorder starts with an individual’s dissatisfaction of the body and being more conscious of their physical attributes. Some may also have a history of sexual abuse.

Bulimia might be associated with deep psychological issues and feelings of lack of control. Bulimic individuals cannot control their impulsive behaviors and have difficulty in managing their moods and anger. This results in a more conflicting relationship with their family, growing impulsiveness and obsessive behavior towards binge eating and purging. Genetic factors also play a role in the occurrence of bulimia, specifically with some family members who have a history of eating disorder. Studies showed that in twins, it is possible that both will have the disorder.

Another unclear factor that may be a cause of bulimia is the action of serotonin in the brain, this chemical action can affect human behavior and regulation of food intake. Environmental factors are also attributable to cause bulimia. The obsession to become thinner can be a predisposing factor to the condition which is usually influenced by Western cultures.

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Anorexia Nervosa – Starvation, Over-Exercise, Laxatives, Diuretics, Warped Body Image
Anxiety Disorder NOS – Pathological Fears, Irrational Anxiousness, Stress, Phobias
Binge Eating Disorder – Eating Unusual Amount of Food, Depression, Anxiety, Guilty
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Anxiety, Obsessive, Compulsive Behavior Hidden to Others, Anxiety, Paranoid
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance