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Many different factors influence the development of eating disorders.
Some evidence suggests a genetic vulnerability to eating disorders:
Some researchers have noted that people with eating disorders are more likely to have certain personality traits:
Cultural factors strongly influence the onset of eating disorders. One example is the high value placed on thinness in industrial countries.
Family environment may also influence the onset of eating disorders:
People with eating disorders show distortions of thinking, such as the tendency to think in rigid all-or-none terms. It is unclear whether this type of thinking causes the eating disorders or results from the eating disorders.
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