Seating Disorder For You in Midlife


Midlife Eating Disorders

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Am I Too Old for an Eating Disorder?

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Mid-life eating disorders on the rise

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Eating Disorders in Midlife with Dr. Margo Maine, Ph.D., FAED, CEDS | Episode 30

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Can a Midlife Trauma Trigger an Eating Disorder? | Loose Women

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Living with an Eating Disorder in Mid-Life

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Eating disorders up for middle age women

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Eating Disorders in Mid-Life & Beyond There is no age limit to disordered eating. Despite the damaging stereotype that eating disorders are a “teenager’s problem,” research shows that rates of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction occurring later in life are on the rise. Awareness of eating disorders in midlife has been increasing slowly. Maine’s 2005 book “ The Body Myth ” has helped spotlight the issue. Many of her adult eating disorder patients.

The majority of midlife women with eating disorders have usually experienced some degree of disordered eating in their past. Many have struggled with episodes of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder in their teens and twenties; others. Other recommendations I would make based on my expertise with eating disorders in mid-life include: Seek out a therapist who has experience in the treatment of eating disorders and working with women in mid-life.

Get support from your therapist to. What Accounts for the Rise of Eating Disorders in Midlife? We often think of eating disorders as illnesses that afflict adolescents and young adults. A 2012 study sheds light on the alarming prevalence of eating disorders in women 50 and over: 13% experience eating disorder symptoms, 60% report that their body image concerns negatively affect their lives, and 70% are actively trying to lose. Unfortunately, eating disorders are a serious health issue for women at midlife.

An eating disorder can affect every cell, tissue and organ in the body and can lead to irreversible physical damage. Countless men and women in midlife and beyond, from all ethnic backgrounds, also struggle with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, purging disorder, and binge eating disorder. Some people have suffered since youth; others relapsed in midlife, often after a stressor such as infidelity, divorce, death of a loved one, menopause, or unemployment.

Even subclinical eating disorders have a significant impact on the well-being of adult women, negatively affecting mood and self-image, and increasing anxiety and depression (Mangweth-Matzek et al., 2014). Public health policy agendas must prioritize midlife eating disorders and. Eating disorders are particularly dangerous for women in midlife because they typically exacerbate or lead to other physical health problems.

Eating disorders most commonly begin during adolescence, amid the swirling hormones, physical changes and psychological adjustments of puberty. While some patients recover in their teens and 20s, others continue to struggle into midlife and beyond. Some of those who do recover will relapse later in.

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There may be aspects of their disorder that they would like to change (e.g., binge eating), but generally there are other elements that they value and may even identify with (e.g., maintaining strict control over eating; losing weight).

“Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders” by Christopher G. Fairburn
from Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders
by Christopher G. Fairburn
Guilford Publications, 2008

As mentioned, there may be aspects of their disorder that they would like to change (e.g., binge eating), but generally there are other features that they value and with which they may even identify (e.g., maintaining strict control over their eating).

“The Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Clinical Handbook” by Carlos M. Grilo, James E. Mitchell
from The Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Clinical Handbook
by Carlos M. Grilo, James E. Mitchell
Guilford Publications, 2009

The eating disorders are included last because the most common and serious ones, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, typically have their onset in adolescence.

“Textbook of Family Medicine E-Book” by Robert E. Rakel
from Textbook of Family Medicine E-Book
by Robert E. Rakel
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2007

In most cases it is self-limiting, and normal eating patterns are re-established as the emotional crises of adolescence resolve themselves.

“Introduction To Nutrition And Metabolism, Fourth Edition” by David A. Bender
from Introduction To Nutrition And Metabolism, Fourth Edition
by David A. Bender
Taylor & Francis, 1997

Psychological symptoms of this eating disorder include a distorted body image, confusion of self-image, a sense of being incompetent, depression, and withdrawal from others.26 Individuals also tend to become socially withdrawn as the disorder progresses.

“New Dimensions in Women's Health” by Linda Lewis Alexander, Judith H. LaRosa, Helaine Bader, Susan Garfield
from New Dimensions in Women’s Health
by Linda Lewis Alexander, Judith H. LaRosa, et. al.
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2009

In most cases it is self-limiting and normal eating patterns are re-established as the emotional crises of adolescence resolve.

“Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism, Fourth Edition” by David A. Bender
from Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism, Fourth Edition
by David A. Bender
CRC Press, 2002

Eating disorders frequently appear during the teen years or young adulthood; however, younger children and older adults also develop these disorders.

“Foundations of Nursing E-Book” by Kim Cooper, Kelly Gosnell
from Foundations of Nursing E-Book
by Kim Cooper, Kelly Gosnell
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Nevertheless, these disorders are often observed in adult women, either as a continuation of an eating disorder that originated during adolescence or as one that developed de novo during adulthood.

“Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook” by Christopher G. Fairburn, Kelly D. Brownell
from Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook
by Christopher G. Fairburn, Kelly D. Brownell
Guilford Publications, 2002

These eating disorders commonly emerge during adolescence and can result in severe subjective distress, functional impairment, morbidity, and mortality.

“Assessment of Childhood Disorders, Fourth Edition” by Eric J. Mash, Russell A. Barkley
from Assessment of Childhood Disorders, Fourth Edition
by Eric J. Mash, Russell A. Barkley
Guilford Publications, 2009

The desperate housewives syndrome: Research on midlife patients with eating disorders.

“Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-practice Gap” by Margo Maine, Beth Hartman McGilley, Douglas Bunnell
from Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-practice Gap
by Margo Maine, Beth Hartman McGilley, Douglas Bunnell
Elsevier Science, 2010

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  • i find it strange that some of my doctors/therapists have been younger than me. makes me feel like a loser, because they’ve got their shit together and i dont.

  • This video is great. It was so comforting and liberating to find out early on in treatment that age has nothing to do with ED. I had been struggling for 10+ years with my ED and in my late 20s, and part of the reason I took so long to get treatment was that I felt like I was too old; like at a certain age I should have just gotten over it.

  • Nah they’re not the same. I dont notice any voice �� and I’m having trouble finding a eating disorder category I would fit under. I’ve asked several people and received no reply. I was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia years ago and I’ve since relapsed not looking for help just more interested in finding out if theres any others like me cuz surely I cant be the only one that doesn’t fit under a specific category.. I’ve noticed since I’ve relapsed my eating disorder has evolved a bit and the dsm has gone through some changes. I restrict and I purge but I no longer binge. I thought maybe that would put me under the osfed category but I see osfed has subcategories that also dont seem describe my ed. I dont know if ednos is still a thing or was replaced by osfed but I think my ed would be considered ednos because there doesnt seem to be any other category for restricters that purge but dont binge

  • I am 59 and have been in therapy for 5 years. I didn’t know what was going on with me and food, UNTIL recently. I have had an eating disorder since I was a child. There was no such thing that long ago! therapeutically speaking. So here I am, embarrassed by a lifetime of struggle-fat, thin, fat, thin.

  • I was actually in treatment with an 81 year old. Some of the older people I was with had never gotten treatment because it just wasn’t available when they were my age! Of course there were others who had just developed an ED at an older than average age. I was even in treatment with a pregnant woman. You are definitely right than EDs don’t discriminate!!!:)

  • i’ve been watching your videos for a few months now. a friend of mine showed me your video work book i think?..i’ve been in counseling for my ed for about a month now and i feel like i’m going backward instead of forwards and i just feel really lost and i’m not sure what to do about it. i’m honest with my counselor and i tell her everything that i can think of at the time…but the days i don’t see her are so hard and i’m terrified to end up in a hospital.

  • All of a sudden i started gaining weight at 40. My sons father comments about finding thin women attractive. I struggle daily with body dysmorphia since an abusive childhood. I starve myself daily

  • im sorry if im asking this twise but idk if it went through. is it normal for people who restrict’s top part of there hands to turn blue but still be warm? this happened to me today and is alarming because i cant find anything about it.

  • Kati thank you so much for your videos you can’t imagine what big of a difference you are making in my life right now!:) i just wanted to ask a quick question because you keep saying eating disorders are a coping mechanism. Is it always that way? because I have been diagnosed with anorexia and i have been struggling for a long time to find the root of it, so that i can be able to tuckle it but i just can’t. And the idea of a coping mechanism.. I don’t know it feels like it doesn’t apply to me because i don’t know what It helps me cope with.. When I’m desperately trying to hide my behaviors or restrict I can’t find a logical explanation for that…I just really need avoid feeling all those horrible feelings of guilt etc etc… how do you deal with that? is there a way to find out what the eating disorder is supposed to help you cope with>?

  • This is something I have been struggling with for a while now. I’m 24 but it feels as though I really should have dealt with this by now & moved on with my life. I felt as though being an adult should mean that I could take control of it myself and shouldn’t need help. I have however decided to look at it from a different perspective I was not in control of getting the help I needed when I was younger however I am now. Therefore why I have chosen to finally do a private IP program:). xx

  • i was going to say…you sure know A LOT for an mfti!! thats awesome! i’m in school myself to become a counselor…and its VERY hard. could you possibly do a video/or graciously pour any advice on me as far as practice counseling/working on issues? i would so appreciate it!

  • How does someone starve themselves to death or almost? I can tell you..Sorta. In short. You forget food. It was never the real issue anyway. At 14 was diagnosed straight up Anorexia Nervousa. Distorted Body Image. I look at me and I see someone different. After the first 3-4 months I craved nothing. No binging, purging or laxatives. I exercised and starved. All I could do was fall. I fell down the blackest pit that lasted for 2 years. I was hospitalized at 16 5’6 & 60lbs. I hadn’t eaten in so long, I knew how.. but not really. There truly is no madness like starvation. Okay hopeful finish, it’s been 20 years. I survived. However, that “anorexic demon” never completely went away, its apart of me. But you learn how to fight it. You can make it. I promise on my life. Thank you for doing these. I saw your interview with Dodie Clark and checked you out. Subbed.. you seem so genuine, thank you! Eating Disorders are so misunderstood. The biggest lesson here. Eating Disorders are Fear based diseases. “I can’t control how sh**y my life is. But I can control food.” Please get help. It’s not a fad. This kills people. ♥️ Tauney

  • For me it is embarrassing.. I am 34 and people like my mom and sister think I have an eating disorder but I am also overweight. I have decided to become a vegetarian but it was something I had to be careful but I was afraid they would tell me it is only to not eat. I deal with this daily.

  • Thank you for this video! I totally might send this to my mom. She had an ED when she was younger and there are still remnants of it now. She’s gotten better physically (she stopped using wieght watchers! YAY! lol) but mentally she’s still struggling with anxiety and I’m sure other things that I don’t know about. So thanks for this video.:)

  • So Katie I fit into this category-where do you suggest i go for help? I’ve seen a therapist and it didn’t help at all. My BMI is only 13.

  • Even though i am average age… 24… i still feel old…but not only because of the age… More also because of education. I feel like being in medschool and being a doctor in 2 years hopefully… I should know better…. That’d why i think i am too old….

  • This is really important stuff. I’m in my 30s and am older than most of my followers/people I follow on Tumblr for mental health. I struggle with depression & anxiety and have occasional self-harmed. I didn’t manifest the SI until I was older and I didn’t feel like I quite applied to many of the “boxes” people who have harmed are often put into. I read the book “Cutting” recommended in a different video and didn’t relate because most if it focused on kids and teens. Luckily my therapist is pretty well-informed about SI and basically pointed out what you did, Kati, in that people can be affected by mental health issues at any time in their life and it doesn’t mean that help or treatment applies to anyone any differently because of their age.

  • Could you make a video on having an eating disorderwhen you are overweight. I know I have an eating disorder for sure. But for some reason, no one, not even try doctor takes me seriously when I tell them about how I starve myself then bing and purge. I feel like this is because I am overweight. They just tell me I am okay. But I have lost a lot of weight already due to my ED

  • I’m 29 and I remember a time when articles and news breifs were just starting to point out that for example people with anorexia weren’t just doing it to be thin and there was little to no information on BED.

  • i suffer from bipolar and manic depression. I think i have grown a eating disorder from them. Instead of talking about things i will eat large amounts of food, feel like crap then go eat more food to try and feel better. This cycle repeats till i have a huge blow up. Then the suicide thoughts come which i then resort back to food. please help me with this, i lashed out at my boss monday and was told if it happened again i would loose my job. I cant afford the bipolar meds either

  • It has been a lifelong struggle for some. I had hoped to have overcome it by now but alas! No. Older doesn’t equal nothing. If old thinking patterns don’t change then no amount of additional years of aging is going to change the problem. Thinking positively about yourself like she says is bs! If that’s all it took to cure ED’s then don’t ya think the epidemic would’ve been cured by now?! Fricking idiot!

  • I’m 50 years old and I’ve had every eating disorder possible since birth. Up until now I had never eaten meat and a lot of times all I would eat in one day would be spinach. When I turned 40 and my body became severely swollen, I would attend meetings for Overeaters Anonymous. Over and over again people were telling me that their best friends were; a clown, a king and a colonel. They said that they would drive through the drive in and order for a whole family. Then they would eat everything while driving around the block. And then that would pull up to another fast food place and repeat the process all over again. Upon hearing all of this I couldn’t relate because, while doing my several times a week 10 mile run, when ever I would come with in 2 blocks of one of one of those fast food places, the smell of disgusting, greasy food would be so offensive to me that I would just want to throw up. The story that I would tell in those rooms was that I would eat a large chocolate bar and then I would go to the toilet to throw up.

  • Hi Kati! I told my old teacher about my eating disorder and she’s been trying to help but she is getting a little too involved so I’ve been avoiding her I was walking home and it was raining and she offered me a ride but I said no… Becasue I already knew what we were going to talk about, I still want to talk to her cuz she’s really funny and nice just not about my ED. I want to tell her but I don’t know how… Help?

  • I’m 48 this week and I’ve had an ED since I was 10 yrs old. I’ve been bulimia, anorexia, binge eating disorder with body dysmorphia. Currently I’m going through anorexia/ bulimia. I’m so embarrassed. My ED has totally destroyed my entire life., if you are able and your struggling please PLEASE get help. I wish I did, and now I feel like my life is more than half over so it’s too late.h

  • I’m in my 30’s with kids and still struggle with my ED. I saw a psychologist years ago in the UK but since move abroad and there is no help available here so I really feel I’m on my own with this constant battle inside my head, I hate it so much. Iv relapsed pretty badly just now, been watching these videos and everything I can trying to understand it and help myself out of it but actually I think it’s just feeding my ED. I need to get off the internet, stop looking at this stuff, but it’s like an addiction……

  • There are 36 beds in my country for inpatient EDU. I got rejected from the public clinic in my state which has about 16 of the beds, and they said no. IOP was too far away, and they told me that IP wasn’t indicated.

    I took their brochure on IP criteria, and I fit 4/5 (the fifth one was weight, and i was 1 bmi point above their danger zone where admission was indicated).

    That’s how shit ED treatment is for adults.

  • Thx Kati:) In my province we only have hospital meal programs, and adolescents/adults aren’t split. There are very few of us over 25, and because most of us have been in and out of the program since we were teenagers, the nurses often treat us quite differently. We’re “chronic”, and their highest hopes for us is to get to our goal weight and stay out of the hosp a few months before coming back again. It’s nice to know that you think we can still recover.