What causes anorexia?
It is not known exactly what causes anorexia. It is thought to develop from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Anorexia is commonly associated with other mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. A person may be more likely to develop anorexia if they: Have a close family member with an eating disorder; Have experienced a traumatic or stressful event, such as bullying or physical abuse, and; Have low self-esteem. Popular culture and media place a lot of emphasis on having a thin body type; young people in particular may feel pressured to be thin. This is thought to be a factor that contributes to the development of eating disorders such as anorexia.