Environmental triggers are factors in a patient's environment that may have
played a part in bringing on an eating disorder in an individual with a genetic and biological predisposition. Among the hypothesized factors that might impel a
person toward dieting and over-exercise: cultural (e.g. bias towards
thinness as standard of beauty, social value of asceticism), social (teasing or
bullying from other children) or competitive (athletics); Stress and ill health may also be
environmental triggers. There is no evidence that environmental factors, alone,
can lead to an eating disorder in someone who lacks a genetic and biological
predisposition for this disease.
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