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Is Sexual Abuse a Risk Factor for Developing an Eating Disorder?

WithJohan Vanderlinden, Walter Vandereycken

Some critical comments are made with regard to the possible relationship between a history of sexual abuse and the development of an eating disorder. In a case of sexual abuse, many factors and variables interacting with one another may play a role in the development of psychiatric sequelae, including eating disorders. The fact that a linear causal link does not exist does not mean that sexual abuse is not a risk factor for eating disorders.