Eating disorders in midlife on an upswing

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Eating disorders in midlife on an upswing
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Thu, 02-09-2012 - 3:49pm

Most people think that eating disorders afflict only adolescents and young women. Not so—they plague older women, too, and may be shrouded in even greater shame and secrecy. Many women don’t seek help, especially if they fear being forced to gain weight or stigmatized as having a “teenager’s disease.”

The February 2012 Harvard Women’s Health Watch reports that clinicians are reporting an upswing in requests from older women for help with eating disorders.

Read the full article here: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/anorexia-bulimia-and-other-eating-disorders-in-midlife-and-beyond-201201314168




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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 1:10pm

I suspect that some of these women had the disorders all their lives and are only now aware that they are, indeed, anorexic or belemic, but it's fascinating that changes in life style can bring this on (grief, needing to go back to work, etc.).

It wasn't clear from this article --- are eating disorders in older women harder to treat than in younger ones? Or is it a situational thing...

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Wed, 02-15-2012 - 1:38pm

You know that is very interesting. Maybe they just feel more comfortable these days talking about it than when they were younger.

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Tue, 02-21-2012 - 2:47pm
thatyank wrote:

I suspect that some of these women had the disorders all their lives and are only now aware that they are, indeed, anorexic or belemic, but it's fascinating that changes in life style can bring this on (grief, needing to go back to work, etc.).

It wasn't clear from this article --- are eating disorders in older women harder to treat than in younger ones? Or is it a situational thing...


Those are very good questions. I don't know the answers either...




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Tue, 02-21-2012 - 2:48pm
cmkarla wrote:

You know that is very interesting. Maybe they just feel more comfortable these days talking about it than when they were younger.