Eating Disorders in Women Over 50

Eating Disorders Over 50

64% of the women over 50 surveyed in a recent study by the International Journal of Eating Disorders admitted to thinking about their weight on a daily basis. It’s odd when you think of women in their 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s with weight issues like binging and anorexia/bulimia.  However frighteningly enough it’s there and the # is growing.  But why?

This study by the International Journal of Eating Disorders suggested that the concept of the “70’s is the new 50’s” is adding that unnecessary stress in appearance that wasn’t there before. We all can think of a family member in this age group who struggles with weight.  As the article below points out, how do you fix that?  How do you help them?

I can only imagine for a couple of reasons why it would be a tough challenge.  Some of these women could have grown up their whole lives with that mentality hence it’s hard to change something that engrained in someone’s mind.  Another chunk of the women have fallen into this trap with all the glamorized shows and news articles showing the all time favorite stars these women grew up with wearing tight dresses or bikinis at 75!  Yet another group may have been affected when bodily changes happened during menopause.  Whatever the case may be it’s an issue worth bringing up.  It shows at no age are you immune.

Whatever the reasons like any age group it’s a challenge.  Do you know someone who falls into this “overly weight” conscious group?  How would you or have you helped them?

Eating Disorders Hitting Women Over 50 – US News and World Report.


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