- Social pressure. Everyone must be physically thin and very fit.
- Low self-esteem. Young people who feel they have little control over their lives might try to boost self-esteem by showing that there's one thing they do have control over their eating.
- Favorite activities. Watch what your child is involved in. Certain sports and activities value leanness.
- Perfectionism. Many teens strive for being perfect and don't realize no one is. this can create anxiety that could lead to an eating disorder.
Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.