A critique of the literature on etiology of eating disorders

Azadeh A. Rikani, Zia Choudhry, Adnan M. Choudhry, Huma Ikram, Muhammad W. Asghar, Dilkash Kajal, Abdul Waheed, Nusrat J. Mobassarah

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Abstract

The development of eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and atypical eating disorders that affect many young women and even men in the productive period of their lives is complex and varied. While numbers of presumed risk factors contributing to the development of eating disorders are increasing, previous evidence for biological, psychological, developmental, and sociocultural effects on the development of eating disorders have not been conclusive. Despite the fact that a huge body of research has carefully examined the possible risk factors associated with the eating disorders, they have failed not only to uncover the exact etiology of eating disorders, but also to understand the interaction between different causes of eating disorders. This failure may be due complexities of eating disorders, limitations of the studies or combination of two factors. In this review, some risk factors including biological, psychological, developmental, and sociocultural are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-161
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Neurosciences
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)

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