Eating disorders aren't just a teen affliction. With more women being diagnosed with anorexia than ever before, health experts are quick to point out that this disorder doesn't practice age discrimination.
While anorexia can hit at all ages, most people assume that it's an adolescent disorder. "The most common cases of anorexia in women are among those who had some eating disorder symptoms when they were teens.
But why the upsurge in adult anorexia?Mainly it's increasing and intense social pressure to be thin. The pressure on adult women to equate thinness with attractiveness has increased in recent years.More women today feel like they are not 'successful' as women unless they are thin, which leads to increased eating disordered behavior.
What about the stress?
Significant stress, when coupled with inadequate coping resources, can combine with other risk factors to increase a person's vulnerability to illness. Common stressful life events that are known to trigger anorexia, and other eating disorders in some women, include divorce, childbirth, widowhood and menopause.
Adult Anorexia's Secondary Victims: Families....
Anorexia nervosa is an illness that can devastate the whole family. The mood and personality changes that result from anorexia-related starvation can wreak havoc on close personal relationships and family ties.
My advice is to find a good eating disorder specialist, someone who understands anorexia and particularly those who develop it later in life.
Don't give up. There is always something else you can do to save your own life.