Eating Disorders: Personality Traits That Put You at Risk
Some personality traits put a person at greater risk of developing an Reference eating disorder Opens New Window such as Reference anorexia Opens New Window, Reference bulimia Opens New Window, or Reference binge eating Opens New Window. These traits include:Reference 1
- Low self-esteem.
- Difficulty communicating negative emotions, such as anger, sadness, or fear.
- Difficulty dealing with conflict.
- A need to please others.
- Perfectionism or always striving to be the best at whatever he or she does.
- A need to be in control.
- A need for attention.
- Troubled relationship with parents (although it may seem that the relationship is close).
- Problems separating from or being independent of the family.
- High expectations from family.
- Fear or ambivalence about growing up or developing sexually—including changes to the body during Reference puberty Opens New Window.
- Struggles with demands to be more independent and self-sufficient.
- Problems with identity—not certain of who he or she is or where he or she is going in life.
However irrational, an eating disorder brings a sense of identity, achievement, and power to certain people who have these personality traits.
A small number of people who have eating disorders also have been sexually or physically abused. They seek to control their environment by controlling their food intake.
People who have eating disorders may also:
- Have problems with moods, particularly Reference depression Opens New Window.
- Act more childish than other children or teens who are the same age.
- Have difficulty getting along with other people, because of either irritability or an inability to interact socially.
- Have rituals or require that things be done in a particular order every time (obsessive-compulsive traits).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 25, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Reference W. Stewart Agras, MD - Psychiatry