Yulia, I believe you’re right. In some cases, there is evidence that our propensity for an eating disorder is genetic. While that may be true, how our parents behave and speak around food has a great deal to do with our own attitudes. If a child sees a parent obsess, worry, comment or make food evil, then we will most assuredly emulate that behavior. If our parents comment on our bodies, over which we have little control as we go through adolescence and puberty, the awkwardness we already feel about ourselves is magnified. Combine this with the unrealistic photos in magazines, and it’s almost guaranteed we’ll have issues with ourselves. If our parents feel shame and inadequacy about their bodies, they will telegraph it. And our highly-developed antenna as children will most definitely pick, that up, and we take in on as part of who we are and how we relate to our physical selves.

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