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Characteristics of People who are Likely to Develop an Eating Disorder

by Babs ‘O’ Reilly
(Miami Beach, Florida, USA)

Although a lot of teenagers right now have been trying to develop model-thin bodies, some do not have eating disorders. They just go on a diet and basically eat the right kinds of food in the right amounts.

These are people who are secure in themselves and in their appearance without being cocky that they will not try to maintain their looks. They are disciplined and have a good head on their shoulders.

Still, there are people especially the young that are predisposed to develop these kinds of eating problems. These people have certain profiles and personality types that make them more likely to develop an eating disorder. Here are some of those qualities.

1. Insecurity

People who develop eating disorders are those who are basically so insecure in themselves that they find appreciation and affirmation from the way they look.

These people have low self-confidence and self-esteem and do not have talents or characteristics that they like. They feel that they can get the love that they need through improving their appearances.

2. Impressionable

There are people who can be easily influenced. These are people who are still searching for themselves and thought to find that self among groups or among individuals that they know.

Because of this, they try to emulate people that they feel are good role models. It can be good if the role models that they look up to are people who are worthy to emulate; however with today’s teeners, role models are mostly young Hollywood stars who are also afflicted with eating disorders.

Some of these stars may not have eating disorders but they do go on crash diets that are supervised by professionals, something that ordinary teeners cannot afford.

3. Lack discipline 

People who do not have the will to go on a slow diet and want faster result in any way possible will most likely go for throwing up their food after eating. Although this is not actually an eating disorder yet, it can lead to bulimia if not watched over.

4. Depression 

Teenagers who are basically depressed about their lives and are not comfortable with their lives at home and in school will most likely develop an eating disorder.

These people are young enough to want to find happiness in whatever way possible, even by destroying themselves to be appreciated for their bodies. People who are depressed also see the world in different ways and this may lead to anorexia nervosa.

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Updated: December 28, 2013 — 5:03 pm

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