Eating Disorders: Risk Factors

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Genetic, biological, psychological and social are the most common eating disorder risk factors. Dr. Bertha Tavarez, Clinical Director at Clementine South Miami, affirms if someone has a family member with an eating disorder, she is 7 to 12 times more likely to develop it.
She also says people who are more obsessive, perfectionist, high harm avoidance are more prone to develop eating disorders.

Transcript
Now I want to talk about risk factors because researchers are finding that risk for eating disorders occurs due to a complex combination of these four things genetic biological psychological and social absolutely let’s try MIT on those a little bit yeah so with genetic factors what we’re really looking at is you know we’re finding that if you have a family member with an eating disorder you may have one you are 7 to 12 times more likely to develop an eating disorder really yes is that because you’re witnessing it or because it’s just a predisposition that you have so we’ve looked at twin studies we looked at family studies and we’re seeing that there are genetic predispositions to develop eating disorders the other piece that we look at too is temperament and we know that people are born with a temperament and so individuals that are more obsessive perfectionistic high harm avoidance these are individuals that already have a vulnerability to developing an eating disorder but just that alone is not enough we look at biological factors so here we look at you know brain structure brain function the pathways serotonin being one that’s being studied the hypothalamus and some changes in that area of the brain being studied showing some links to eating disorder you
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