Almost every eating disorder starts with a diet. In a person with a genetic
predisposition, a diet can set an eating disorder's downward spiral into
motion. Seemingly innocent statements of intention may include: "I want to
eat healthier;" "I just want to cut back on snacking and
sweets;" "I want to get in shape;" or "I want to be
vegetarian." These diets often start with dietary changes and oftentimes
include increases in activity. The safety and efficacy of dieting is currently
controversial, even for those not predisposed to an eating disorder. For those
with this predisposition (there is no test for this) a diet can lead very
quickly to anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders.
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