Unformatted text preview: placed on thinness in industrial countries. Family Influences Family environment may also influence the onset of eating disorders: • Some theorists have suggested that eating disorders are related to insufficient autonomy within the family. • Others have proposed that eating disorders might be affected by mothers who place too much emphasis on body weight. Cognitive Factors People with eating disorders show distortions of thinking, such as the tendency to think in rigid all-or-none terms. It is unclear whether this type of thinking causes the eating disorders or results from the eating disorders. Stress The onset of anorexia nervosa is often associated with stressful events such as leaving home for college....
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