Our expert says:
I'm not so sure that they're a CAUSE, but I'm sure they may co-exist. How and why someone creates a career as anorexic or bulemic is indeed conplex and not yet well understood. There are problems with self-image, indeed experiencing one's body size and shape highly inaccurately ; and control issues. Sometimes it seems as thouh, feeling unable to control some important aspecs of one's life, one may choose to control fanatically one's size and shape, even though it's not relevant to what you need to control, but just because it is more easily controllable.
And the inensely sick role models provided by the fashion industry and some elements in film and TV, promoting unhealthily skinny people as models of beauty can help to persuade people who feel unattractive or unpopular to think that if only they were also painfully thin, they might become attractive and popular. Of course they don't, as ordinary people find the bodies produces by anorexia / bulimia very unatractive and rather alarming. But instead of recognizing that their theory must be wrong, anorexics / bulemics tend to just try even harder to do the wrong thing which is not working
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