The precise root causes of anorexia nervosa are yet to be discovered. A lot of factors could be involved. Genes and hormones may play a significant part. Social attitudes that promote bone- thin body types could also be culprit.

Risk factors:

  • Irrationally worrying about weight and shape
  • Suffering from an anxiety disorder as a child
  • Always having a negative self-perception
  • Eating problems even at infancy or early childhood
  • Social or cultural ideas with regard to health and beauty
  • Trying to strictly adhere to rules