An Older Generation Falls Prey to Eating Disorders


“We’re hearing from women, no matter how old they are, that they still have to achieve this societal ideal of thinness and perfection,” said by Cynthia M. Bulik, a director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina.

Whether you are young or old, patients, especially women, are engaging in some destructive behaviors. Experts say that  eating disorders are diagnosed to a lot of the young people. However, as time goes on, more and more women are showing up in clinics due to eating disorders. They also say that as the women gets older, the symptoms may be attributed to aging rather than to merely an eating disorder.

This goes to Ms. Shaw’s case. She was in early menopause when she went to the clinic. She had developed anemia and osteoporosis. Diet and exercise overtook her life as she spent more and more hours in the gym. Thus, she spent less and less time for more important things, such as her family and friends. She said that she wished someone said to her that she has gone to far and is obsessed, and should come back to an ordinary life.

Numerous Americans of about more than 10 million of them are suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. The severity of these sicknesses are increasing as the age range has been increasing. People should first consider about their health before going through excessive diets and exercises until the point it damages the body.

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