The risk of developing bulimia or another eating disorder is greatest if a person:

  • Has a biological parent, brother, or sister who has an eating disorder or who is overweight or obese.
  • Has a family history of substance abuse.
  • Is overweight and is starting a restrictive diet.
  • Has certain personality traits such as perfectionism.
  • Struggles with cultural and social factors such as admiring thinness.
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