The view of disordered eating as a teen and young adult issue is outdated. In fact, middle aged women are the demographic that’s growing the most which makes sense as the pressure to lose weight becomes even greater as you age. And at the same time your body becomes more resistant which can lead to desperate measures. If you have found that your eating behavior has become more disordered you aren’t alone.
A 2012 study estimated that 13 percent of American woman age 50 and older have eating disorder symptoms. A 2017 study found that about 3.5 percent of women older than 40 have a diagnosable eating disorder, yet most are not receiving treatment. Another study found that though rates of anorexia plateau around age 26, rates of bulimia don’t plateau until around age 47, and rates of binge-eating disorder don’t plateau until the 70s.
Chronic food restriction and getting caught in the dieting cycle of weight loss and regain are forms of disordered eating, whether your symptoms rise to the level of being a diagnosable eating disorder or not. There are many avenues for help, and you can reach out to us at Women Eat for a consultation.