Sunday, August 7, 2011

Midlife Eating Disorders

A common misconception in society, I believe, is that eating disorders typically only impact young, pre teen or teenage females. Many people assume that eating disorders are a "high school" issue. This was not my story. I did not begin to struggle with anorexia until my early-mid 20's. Yet it doesn't stop here. Growing research shows that eating disorders effect woman (and men) of all ages. People in their 30's, 40's and 50's are being treated by nutritionists, therapists and in/out patient rehabilitation programs. 

We are the real deal is a website that strives to speak out boldly on issues such as eating disorders, body image, self esteem, society's distorted view of beauty and overall health and wellness. While I have not read each and every post (and thus cannot endorse every view presented) I think they do an awesome job of speaking out when many chose to ignore or be silent. We are the real deal  recently posted a video clip from the Today show titled "Women's midlife crisis - eating disorders." The video is below. I find this information interesting and the clip bring awareness to (what I think is) a very important topic. 

Does this information surprise you? 
Why or why not?


  1. I think I figured out what the problem is with my commenting issues. Great posts.. love reading your blog!

  2. Glad you figured it out Wen. Love ya!

  3. The statistic given in that video is alarming. 42% increase in EDs in this age group in the past ten years - glad they are bringing awareness to it.


  4. I know... it is crazy right? Love ya K. :)

  5. Really love your blog. I don't come across many ED focused blogs written by someone closer to 30. I struggled with anorexia/bulimia from age 15 to 21, then relapsed at age 24. I'm currently in recovery again--thank God! I like that you are reminding people that eating disorders are not just a teenage thing. And that they are deadly at every age.


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