The causes of anorexia nervosa are not well understood, but are probably a combination of biologic, psychological, and social factors. Abnormalities in central neurotransmitter activity are suggested by an alteration in serotonin metabolism. Psychological factors are the most frequently offered explanations. Onset usually occurs during early adolescence, a time when emerging sexuality, individuality, and separation from the family become central issues for the individual, especially the female. Anorexia nervosa is generally associated with an enmeshed family system where there are high performance expectations, rigid rules, and disturbed communication patterns. Another theory posits that anorexia nervosa occurs at the time of puberty as a person's way of avoiding adult responsibility and body image. The incidence of anorexia nervosa has increased in recent years, leading to the concern that it is a way for young women to rebel against the conflicted messages of the socialization roles of women.

Breaking Bulimia

Breaking Bulimia

We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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