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Anorexia, Bulimia and Anxiety

Often, the condition that leads to restricting food or binging and purging is really anxiety.

A 2004 study reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry examined the relationship between anxiety and eating disorders in 672 people with anorexia, bulimia, or both disorders. The study participants were evaluated in terms of anxiety, perfectionism, and obsessive behavior using a diagnostic interview based on the DSM-V criteria. The results of the study showed that approximately two-thirds of those who had an eating disorder also suffered from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives and that around 42% had developed an anxiety disorder during childhood, well before the onset of their eating disorder.

Those who suffer from eating disorders frequently convey that their anxiety is centered on fears of criticism, embarrassment or humiliation when they are in public or social situations.

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