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The Independent Online
Problems with relationships were by far the most common stressful event which preceded the onset of an eating disorder according to findings published in the British Journal of Medical Psychology.

Nearly six out of 10 anorexics had suffered a severe difficulty which precipitated the onset of the disorder.

Previous studies found that around three quarters of those with eating disorders had suffered severe problems in the previous year compared with around 40 per cent of women as a whole.