Understanding psychological factors that influence anorexia

January 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When you look at it closely, the numbers are quite concerning: Anorexia nervosa affects one out of every 100 women, and teens and young adults are the most vulnerable. 

We know that there is a strong psychological component associated with the condition. The major problem associated with anorexia is a distorted body image. 

A person with anorexia often thinks he or she is overweight despite being thin — sometimes dramatically underweight. There are theories that outside pressures, like those from the media, play a crucial role as well. 

The fact that there are psychological factors at play is causing experts in the field to study genetic links and specific interactions that may impact the condition or even contribute to its occurrence.