Triggers: Refers to a person, place, thing, event or emotion that sets an eating disorder in place. This is a controversial term, and used in several ways that can be confusing. The word "trigger" is very often confused or conflated with "cause," leading to more confusion. In much of the eating disorder community, trigger is used to describe things that are upsetting and lead to eating disorder behaviors. It is common to hear a patient speak of being "triggered" by specific foods, situations, and interactions. Another school of thought and use of the word is to describe events that lead to actions or emotional states that activate an underlying brain disorder. For example, people often refer to dieting or athletic activities as triggering an eating disorder biologically by putting a person into a state of malnourishment or negative energy balance.
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