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What does anorexia looks like as you age?

Posted Jan 23 2010 9:00am

anorexia_as_you_ageThere is no doubt that when it comes to eating issues, most people think of obesity as being the most pressing health issue in America. I mean the cost of obesity on the American health care system is as heavy as an elephant sitting on a twig!

That is actually quite accurate because you just need to land in any American city to see how obese people are – to this day, I’m always taken aback when I land in a U.S. airport to see how many people are carrying extra weight.

On the other side of the pendulum, you have another eating disorder (because, oh yes, obesity IS surely an eating disorder) where girls and women try to fully control the one aspect of their lives where they feel they actually have control.

It’s an illusion really, but that’s often how the anorexic mind thinks.

Typically, anorexia is commonly associated with teenage girls who are desperately trying to achieve a perceived ideal weight by starving themselves. We rarely associate anorexia with the image of a woman in her mid 30s, 40s 50s or older. Just like so many things in life, age is nothing but a number and getting to be 30-something or 40-something doesn’t guarantee that eating disorder issues are a thing of the past (there are a lot of closet anorexia grown women who have cleverly learned how to hide their eating disorder from their loved ones).

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In general, women in their 30s and beyond who suffer from eating disorders developed the problem in their teenage years and never resolved it. That said, there are a growing number of women who didn’t suffer from anorexia as teens, but in their adult years turn to not eating as a way of maintaining their ideal weight in an attempt to regain a pre-baby body or simply as way of controlling the aging process when regular diets don’t seem to do the trick.

In some anorexia centres in the USA, patients over the age of 38 comprise of 35 per cent of their clients, which is quite alarming.

As we age, there are certain key health elements that we should simply not mess with if we want to ensure that we navigate through our 60s and beyond as well as we possibly can. Suffering from anorexia as an adult seriously compromises this process.

Suffering from anorexia in your 30s, 40s 50s or older is not a lost cause. You can get help at any stage and learn to adopt a healthier way of interacting with food.

Anorexia after 30 is an excellent read to understand the reason why so many adult women suffer from eating disorders as they age.

>>> A photo of Filippa Hamilton looking normal and healthy below in past Ralph Lauren ads (the photo above is the controversial photo that made women around the world upset at Ralph Lauren’s company decision to photoshop a photo to such an unhealthy state):

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Top photo Ralph Lauren’s controversial ad featuring a thinned down Filippa Hamilton.

Second photo of Filippa Hamilton submitted by AV8TER

Photo of woman looking in the mirror by Nicki Dobrin

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