Predictors of eating disorders vary
The June 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine published a study examining eating disorders in boys and girls aged 9 to 15 years. They found that a maternal history of disordered eating had an impact only on the younger girls. Frequent diets and attempts to look like models or celebrities was related to binge eating or purging behaviours in girls of all ages. Boys' symptoms were associated with criticism of weight by fathers. You can read more here.