Certain needs, fears, family dynamics, and ways of communicating, thinking, and feeling put a person at greater risk of
eating disorder such as
binge eating. Some of these include:
A need for attention.
A need to please others, be in control, or be perfect.
Fear or ambivalence about growing up or developing sexually.
Difficulty dealing with conflict or communicating anger, sadness, or fear.
Problems with family relationships, including trouble separating from the family.
However irrational, an eating disorder brings a sense of
identity, achievement, and power to certain people who have these personality
A small number of people who have eating disorders also
have been sexually or physically abused. They may seek to control their environment
by controlling their food intake.
People who have eating disorders
Have problems with moods, particularly
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
Have rituals or require that things be done in a
particular order every time (obsessive-compulsive traits).