Having a job or hobby that makes you feel you have to be thin. Ballet dancers, gymnasts, and models are under a lot of pressure to be thin. For men, sports like bodybuilding and wrestling increase their risk of getting anorexia.
Having low self-esteem. Thinking you're no good at anything or won't amount to anything increases your chances of getting anorexia.
Wanting to be perfect and accepting nothing less.
Having had problems digesting food and eating as a child.
Inheriting certain genes. Having a female relative with anorexia in your immediate family, especially an identical twin, increases your chance of getting anorexia.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a psychological illness. People who have it can't keep certain thoughts out of their minds. Or they feel they have to do certain things all the time, such as washing their hands. This makes it hard for them to live a normal life.
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