It is impossible to point to one aspect as the cause. Every situation is unique, with a combination of biological, cultural, and psychological factors contributing to the development of eating disorders.
Research does reveal that there is a substantial link between eating disorders and trauma.
26.6% of people struggling with eating disorders reported having experienced “forcible rape” in their lifetimes (forcible rape is often defined as rape involving physical coercion), and 36.9% had a history of posttraumatic stress (PTSD).
What is the connection between trauma and eating disorders?
A lot of the components of eating disorders, such as binging and purging, can be used as methods to regulate emotions. For those struggling with trauma and emotional distress, their with food can help give a sense of control.
Can therapy help?
For someone that is dealing with both eating disorders and trauma simultaneously, recovery may seem overwhelming, and maybe even impossible. Therapy can help you regulate emotions, change your eating habits and relationship with food, and help you develop coping skills.
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If you or someone you love is struggling with eating disorders, getting help is one of the most important things you can do.
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