The brain research tells us that eating disorders don’t just play havoc with the developing brains of teen agers, they explain that even when a person is well past her twenties, starvation, chronic dieting and binge eating and purging can damage brain wiring and upset the chemical processes that take place in the brain. Eating disorders can impair the very thinking part of the brain that is needed to make healthy choices.
One of the psychological factors usually attributed to people with eating disorders is that they are usually perfectionists. They have unrealistic expectations not only of themselves but of others. In spite of all their achievements they feel inadequate and see themselves as very mediocre or as a failure.