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Woman over 25 with eating disorders

February 14, 2008

Information about eating disorders in women over 25

Eating disorders are not only for young teenaged girls. The stereotype has been proven wrong year after year as children, adults, seniors and men are diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating syndrome.

In general, men develop eating disorders later than woman, and the onset of bulimia is later than anorexia. We are also facing the relatively new problem of long-term anorexia and bulimia. Individuals who were diagnosed in their teens but received no successful treatment, and who are now in their thirties or fourties.

The following information is taken from:

The article is called “What happens after Recovery?” by Lori Henry.

“One of the recent phenomenon is the discovery that adult women are still struggling with these issues. Those who had suffered in their teen years were still effected, but could not be diagnosed with an eating disorder because they fell under the radar for specific symptoms.

There is also a huge jump in women who develop eating disorders later in life, usually due to the many changes and stressors that present themselves as their children grow up, they go through deaths, possible divorces, pregnancy, and age changes their perspectives and bodies.

Not many studies have been done, though, on adult women who suffer from full blown eating disorders and especially those who are suffering but are not quite diagnosable.

In Trisha Gura’s new book, Lying in Weight: The Hidden Epidemic of Eating Disorders in Adult Women, she diligently explores this hidden epidemic that is ruining millions of people’s lives. Chock full of scientific research, personal stories and the author’s own experience, the read is both a fascinating and shattering one.

The book doesn’t stop there, though. Trisha also provides answers to difficult questions about eating disorders in adult women’s lives, as well as inspiration for those dealing with these issues.

What happens when girls with eating disorders grow up into adults? We hear from them in direct stories about their struggles and how aging has effected their latent eating disorders.

Women she interviews range in age and experience, but all share the growing battle with disordered eating. One woman is 92 years old and developed anorexia in her senior years because “there was just too much she wanted to do in her later years” (Lying in Weight, Harper Collins, 2007).

Trisha Gura is not only someone who empathises with the subject matter, she is a scientist herself and has spent 15 years as a medical journalist. She holds a doctorate in molecular biology and has written extensively in such publications as Science, Nature, Scientific American, the Chigaco Tribune, the Boston Globe, Child, the Yoga Journal and Health, to name a few.

Above all, she offers hope to those suffering or who know someone who is suffering. Mixed in with her scientific research are the women’s stories themselves who have shared their own experience in order to shed light on their age group.

Lying in Weight: The Hidden Epidemic of Eating Disorders in Adult Women is available from Amazin and is a great read for laypeople and professionals alike”.

suicide, eating disorders and self-injury links

February 5, 2008

Suicidal Young Girls Need More Help

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BBC on-line

Young girls are crying out for help – last year one in six calls to a 24 hour mental health helpline came from young girls considering suicide. Depression, eating disorders sexual abuse and bullying seemed to be some of the main problems affecting young girls – according to the article on the BBC website, rates of depression and anxiety have increased among young people in the UK by 70% in the last 25 years. That’s a huge percentage, and an extremely worrying one.

Joelle Leader, assistant director of ChildLine said “At the moment, there are simply not enough therapeutic services for children with these problems, and we are urging the government to give this issue urgent attention.”

More doctors

Eating problems also featured high on the list of mental health concerns, with 1,854 girls and 158 boys ringing for help and advice.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, said the charity had recorded an increase in the number the number of calls to its helpline from young people who self-harmed – sometimes in a brutal fashion.

“Those young people calling about self-harm report an almost doubled rate of suicidal thoughts than non self-harmers, and a significantly higher incidence of past suicide attempts.

“What is alarming is the numbers of those taken to A&E departments who are sent home without any follow-up help.

“We need doctors and teachers to be more alert to the potential risks, and many more therapists available, to prevent the vicious cycle of relief by painful self-harm.”



eating disorders and self image…

January 23, 2008

What is beautiful?

For a thousand years in China, girls of six years old ritually bound their feet and broke their toes. The ideal female form was teeny-tiny feet (around three inches long). The crippling pain caused by this mutilation meant woman walked in small, unsteady steps termed the “lotus gait”. This way of walking was considered feminine and beautiful… Only working peasants had huge, ugly feet!

X-ray of bound feetThe manufactured concept of a beauty ideal has persisted throughout every age and culture. In the 19th century, European woman squeezed themsem.monroelves into tiny, hour-glass shaped corsets, inhibiting movement and breathing. From lead-based, poisonous make-up to cancer-inducing fake tan; from the size 16 curves of Marilyn Monroe to the heroin chic of Kate Moss; woman have always shaped, shaved and altered them to achieve a particular type of beauty.

The advancement of globalisation and technology means that our visual field is saturated by a glut of digitally enhanced, ‘perfect’ woman. The relentless, elusive demands of a beauty ideal which concentrates on a narrow range of culturally specific characteristics is devastating.

V.B. shoe You may not opt for cosmetic surgery or inject your face with botox, but chances are you have crammed your feet into painful stilettos or endured the agony of leg wax in an attempt to conform to today’s ideal. Even if you are not overweight, you have probably been on a diet.

We abandon “real” beauty…individualised, inclusive, diverse, global beauty which doesn’t depend upon achieving a specific skin tone, hair type or body shape… and for what? So we can all become clones of Posh Spice?

Does it Matter?

Girls have always enjoyed grooming and dressing up. Hair braiding (or straightening, or curling, or styling), are traditional ways for females to bond. But contemporary images of woman have usually been re-shaped, enhanced and cleaned up, creating an unattainable, unreal body image.

Comparing ourselves to this fake ideal can cause feelings of inadequacy, low self esteem and heartbreaking body distress.

In a recent UK survey, 7 out of 10 girls admitted that they refrain from activities they would enjoy because they feel self-conscious or uncomfortable about how they look.

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Only 10 women in every 100 feel ok about their body shape.

Eating Disorders and Body Image

Eating disorders are not caused by super-thin models or size zero jeans… but the development of anorexia or bulimia is almost always precipitated by a period of dieting. Most specialists now believe that dieting is a pre-requisite for the development of an eating disorder… this means that young people who diet are at risk. And because younger and younger girls feel self-conscious and unhappy with their body weight, they diet…

It is nolonger unusual for girls as young as twelve to develop anorexia nervosa.

Check out the fabulous films which explore the concept of beauty at

Dove self Esteem film Gallery:

All comments welcome!

Wenna X