Eating disorders a teen problem? According to new research, women don’t ‘grow out’ of weight concerns and eating problems once they get older.
Researchers of the University of North Carolina surveyed more than 1,800 women aged 50 and over to see how many had eating disorders and how these problems influenced their lives. The findings showed that up to 70 percent of the women were trying to lose weight, with nearly 8 percent reporting purging and 3.5 percent binge eating. Sixty-two percent said that their weight or shape negatively impacted their lives. The women reportedly turned to several unhealthy methods of weight loss, including diet pills, diuretics, laxatives, vomiting and excessive exercise.
“The bottom line is that eating disorders and weight and shape concerns don’t discriminate on the basis of age,” concluded study leader Dr Cynthia Bulik. “Healthcare providers should remain alert for eating disorder symptoms and weight and shape concerns that may adversely influence women’s physical and psychological wellbeing as they mature.”
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