Tract on the New Orleans Institute Trauma and Recovery Programs.
Trauma, abuse, abandonment and neglect place the individual at risk for the
development of disordered eating including food restriction, binge eating, purging,
compulsive exercise and body image disturbance. The eating disorder symptoms
may restore a sense of personal control, power and safety to the individual who
feels powerless and overwhelmed by traumatic memories, conflicts and life stressors.