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Eating Disorders in Women Over 40



While the details may be different, all eating disorders are disruptive and debilitating. Women often feel a great deal of shame surrounding their symptoms, eating in secret as they attempt to hide these behaviors from friends and families.   Eating disorders often don’t occur in isolation.  Rather, nearly half of those who struggle with disordered eating also have symptoms of anxiety or depression at some point in their life.  Those with greater stress, worse mental or physical health, or fewer supports in their community were more likely to have both an issue with eating and depression or anxiety.

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Unfortunately, in addition to psychological and social repercussions, eating disorders later in life are associated with greater rates of medical problems than in younger women.  Research shows that 40 percent to 80 percent of women develop medical issues related to their disordered eating, the rate differing depending on the behavior.  While some symptoms can be relatively benign, such as headaches and weakness, others are far more serious.  For those with anorexia nervosa or bulimia, medical issues include damage to teeth, osteoporosis, abnormal heart rhythms, or esophageal damage.  Those who binge-eat often suffer the health ramifications of excess weight, which may include an increased risk of developing diabetes, joint damage, cardiovascular disease, stroke, or dementiaREAD MORE

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  • Maria Jasmine Freeman January 28, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Absolutely true; my experience in menopause validated this information. I was on the verge of cachexia in menopause Camouflage, eating no beans or fruits, or hardly any food, evading ” triggers” of my evolving conquering Irriable Bowel symptoms which turned out stemming from cryptic flashes. When hot flashes ran their course, I was transmogrified acutely, besides other horrid symptoms, into a morbidly obese 50 European size woman, although I had vanquishing nausea, and was recalcitrantly vomiting!! With improvement, I would have binges on carbs and chocolate.
    My menopause was typical of this information, but also of other untypical symptoms, of stupor, lunacy of excruciating electrifying pain, and literal multiple seizures and gasping, daily, for thirteen years already,
    Menopause is hormone imbalance causing our perturbed physiology, and our brain and therefrom our body responds accordingly!!
    Thanks very much for your space.
    Maria Jasmine Freeman