‘An eating disorder occurs in 3 percent of middle-aged women’

‘An eating disorder occurs in 3 percent of middle-aged women’

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Eating disorders also occur in women of middle age. Although generally believed that eating disorders occur in young women, according to British research, 3 percent of women in the forty and fifty here shopping.

In a study from University College London were more than five thousand women between 40 and 60 years were interviewed. From the research it emerged that 15 per cent of the respondents have ever in their life an eating disorder had had.

In addition, it had 3 percent of women have an eating disorder in the past year. In comparison with women aged between 15 and 30 years is approximately 10 percent are diagnosed with a disease like anorexia, bulimia or eating disorder known as binge eating disorder.

It would be for the first time that a large such study among middle-aged women was performed. “Our study shows that eating disorders do not occur only in the earlier years. Both chronic as new eating disorders come to in middle age,” said researcher Nadia Micali.


Several factors may, according to the research lead to the get of an eating disorder. Thus, the chance of anorexia or bulimia with 4 to 10 percent when a woman spent her childhood as an unhappy experience.

A good relationship with the mother would increase the likelihood of bulimia with 20 percent decrease. Sexual abuse at a young age was correlated with all types of eating disorders.

The researchers are of the opinion that consideration should be given to how this group of women better can be helped. “Many of the women who participated in the study told us that it was the first time that they discuss their problems with eating, talking. We need to figure out why these women had not previously sought help.”

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