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Everyone needs support in life when going through and after a traumatic experience.

A new study finds that a lack of support following traumatic life events such as relationship problems, the loss of a loved one, abuse and sexual assault can trigger eating disorders.

According to researchers at the University of Minnesota,

participants with eating disorders said even changing schools or jobs could trigger eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.

The study included 26 women and one man ages 17 to 64 who were receiving treatment for eating disorders. The median age was 27.

The researchers identified six main factors that triggered eating disorders in these patients.

They included: School transition, such as starting junior high school or college; Relationship changes, such as breaking up with a romantic partner or having parents split up; Death of a family member or close friend; Abuse, sexual assault or incest; Changing homes or jobs and Illness or hospitalization.

The study appears in the May issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.