For an individual to develop an eating disorder, the underlying cause or causes can come from a variety of influencing factors. In many situations, it’s difficult to point out one specific event or milestone that has triggered the development of such a condition. Learn more about what causes an eating disorder.

That being said, eating disorders do tend to arise as a consequence of issues like:

  • Family history or genetics
  • Certain types of behavioral disorders
  • Chemical or brain imbalances
  • One-time events, such as brief starvation
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Problems with dieting
  • Social pressures
  • Unhealthy coping mechanisms
  • Stress, anxiety, or low self-esteem
  • Age and gender (younger females are at the highest risk)

Understanding the influences of your individual eating disorder can better equip you with the tools necessary to overcome it. Working with a Utah licensed therapist can help you address underlying issues or stressors in your life, which may be contributing to emotional health problems such as eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. From there, you can learn behavior modification techniques to approach your urges and tendencies in a different manner, increasing your success of overcoming the condition for good.

When Other Treatments Aren’t Helping

If you have found that getting help from your primary care doctor or nutritionist isn’t enough to overcome an eating disorder, then it’s time to talk to a Salt Lake City or Park City therapist about your condition. This full-circle approach to managing both the emotional and physical issues caused by an eating disorder can give you the best resources possible to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

If you or someone you love is suffering from an issue such as anorexia, binge eating, purging, or bulimia, we invite you to call The Dell Center for Therapy. Our counseling professionals are available to meet you in Salt Lake City, Park City, or for an online or over the phone session. Schedule yours today.