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Anorexia Rates Increase Among Middle Aged Women

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Home Conditions and Disorders Anorexia Rates Increase Among Middle Aged Women

A new study reveals that more and more women in their thirties and older are under just as much pressure as young girls to stay thin. Stephen Touyz, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Sydney studied a group of women from Sydney, Australia suffering from anorexia. Touyz noted that the disease was common in older women, with many of whom have suffered from it since adolescence. Some older women feel ashamed admitting they have a disorder which is associated with teens. Therefore, they often refrain from reaching out for help.
Psychologists theorize that anorexia is not triggered by any specific event. The disorder is a combination of many factors. Women may have feelings of low self-esteem, and self-hate that translate into a search for perfection and the ideal body image. Many individuals suffering from anorexia nervosa do not recognize they have an eating disorder. Anorexia involves restricting diet which can lead to the point of starvation. Anorexics commonly use diuretics (water pills) and laxatives to help them lose weight. People with this disorder live in fear of gaining weight even when they are dangerously underweight.
Although anorexia is most common in adolescent females, Touyz study shows that the disorder can affect women of all ages. According to Christine Morgan, chief executive of the Butterfly Foundation, an Australian organization that supports people with eating disorders,” There is this misunderstanding that an eating disorder is something that occurs in adolescence and by the time you’re in your 20s it’s all behind you, but unfortunately this is not always the case.”