BED Causes and Risk Factors

Binge Eating Disorder Causes and Risk Factors

While research has not identified exact binge eating disorder causes, several factors are thought to play a part in BED. The combination of causes and risk factors varies from person to person but possible factors include:

  • Genetics
  • Dieting/restrictive or irregular eating patterns
  • History of significant weight changes
  • Depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, including bi-polar disorder
  • Experiences of weight stigma, weight-related discrimination, or bullying
  • Problems with family or other significant relationships
  • Significant trauma/loss experiences
  • Emotional/physical abuse or neglect
  • Addictions to drugs/alcohol
  • Sexual trauma