This statement may seem obvious, but it is the sad history of eating disorder treatment that parents have often been blamed or felt blamed when a loved one develops an eating disorder. This crippling and discredited thinking was also once the case for other illnesses that we now understand are neither given nor chosen: asthma, stuttering, autism, schizophrenia. For those families suffering from guilt, from feeling blamed, or unsure of who to believe on this topic, here are some resources to review.
FACT: Genetic factors play a significant role in the development of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders.
VIDEO: ED experts answer the question, "Do parents cause eating disorders?"
Below: a three minute video of eating disorder experts, and the head of the US National Institute of Mental Health, answering the question "Do Parents Cause Eating Disorders?" posed by F.E.A.S.T.'s Founder, Laura Collins.
Direct URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=85114404&v=wE3fyQV_chI&x-yt-ts=1422579428
Some Helpful Resources for Families:
The Off the CUFF book published by Duke University's Eating Disorder Program
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