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Causes of Eating Disorders and Obesity in Children and Adults

Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008. Latest version: 21 Jul 2013.


Eating disorders are often caused by a combination of factors, such as lack of ability to distinguish hunger and satisfaction, eating to suppress uncomfortable feeling, a wish to achieve an unnormal low weight, unsuitable eating habits and life style.


What are the causes of eating disorders and obesity in children and adults?


There are various contributory causes of eating disorders and often several of these may act in combination.

Both biological (somatic) and life-style factors play a role in causing overweight. Eating disorders (see above) can also cause overweight. More. There are also some illnesses and drugs which can make a person more susceptible to overweight. More.

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