Recent research shows that rates of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction among older populations are on the rise. Effectively treating older individuals requires more education for primary care doctors to adequately detect eating disorders among their patients and refer them to the care they need, as well as increased access to treatment settings that address the unique needs of this population.
What’s Age Got to Do With It?
When eating disorders or body image conflicts are mentioned, the face we imagine is one of youth. It may be a preteen, an adolescent, or a young adult woman, but we rarely visualize an ageing face in that picture. Yet more and more older women, approaching or beyond “midlife,” are admitting that they too struggle with their bodies and their eating and are seeking professional help. Learn more.
Eating Disorders and Weight Concerns Are Common in Women Over 50
Recent research points to more evidence that many older women are experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, and negative body image. Learn more.