Traumatic events can trigger eating disorders
Washington, Apr 25: Lack of support following traumatic events such as bereavement, abuse and sexual assault could trigger eating disorders.
Even changing school or moving home can prove too much for some young people and lead to conditions such as anorexia or bulimia, according to researchers from University of Minnesota.
They spoke to a group aged between 17 to 64 years receiving treatment for eating disorders for an average of 20 years, the Journal of Clinical Nursing reported.
"The aim of our study was to find out if there was any link between transitional events in family life and the onset of eating disorders," said Jerica M. Berge, assistant professor of family medicine and community health Minnesota, who led the study.
"Eating disorders are an important public health issue and knowing what causes them can help us to develop more effective treatment and support," added Berge, according to a university statement. IANS
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