Who gets anorexia?
Typically, anorexia nervosa is considered to be an illness that affects teenage girls and young women. New figures from University College London, however, show that a rising number of middle aged women are struggling with an eating disorder, with 1 in 28 women between the ages of 40 and 50 being affected, (compared to 1 in 100 women between 15 and 30 years of age). The recent study, which questioned 5,300 women in Britain in their 40s and 50s, found that 15 per cent had suffered an eating disorder at some point in their life, and three per cent within the past year – so a combination of both new onset and chronic eating disorders. It is the first time that prevalence has been investigated in a population of women in this age group, and for many of the women this was the first time they had ever spoken about their eating difficulties, which supports the view that many sufferers do not seek help.
The research also looked at risk factors for developing and eating disorder, such as childhood happiness; parental divorce or separation; life events; relationship with parents; and sexual abuse. Read more by clicking the link below: