• Eating Disorders are complex and are influenced by BOTH genetic AND environmental (i.e., pressure to be thin, trauma, etc.) factors. Eating Disorders are NOT simply caused by Western cultural values of thinness although those factors are operative.
  • While the current Western obsession with slimness and the glamorous portrayal of emaciated women in the media may play a role in the recent increase of Eating Disorders, genetic vulnerability, personality, psychological and environmental factors all contribute to the causes of Eating Disorders.