“Eating Disorders Can Strike In Mid-Life” or Any Stage In Life!

When it comes to eating disorders, it is important to realize that age alone will not make us immune to them.  Yes, contrary to common stereotypes, all kinds of people struggle with eating disorders, regardless of age (or gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexuality), as this recent BBC News story helps highlight for us now…   

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Further excerpts from “Eating Disorders Can Strike In Mid-Life” via BBC News include:

“It was a complete shock at the time,” she recalls. “I knew that I was restricting my food but I didn’t ever think I had anorexia…

“I felt depressed, like I was not worth feeding or existing. I wanted to disappear and fade away.” …She realised something was very wrong one day after she had been to the gym…

WHEN WE REINFORCE STEREOTYPES WE ALSO ADD TO THE STIGMA OF THESE SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES AND THIS STIGMA CAN PREVENT INDIVIDUALS COMING FORWARD TO SEEK HELP – A DANGEROUS PATH TO TAKE WHEN THE CHANCE OF FULL AND FAST RECOVERY IS VASTLY IMPROVED WHEN TREATMENT IS FOUND QUICKLY.” –Tom Quinn

“Last year, 15% of calls to our helpline were about someone over the age of 40 and this research from Dr Micali only goes to further support the importance of providing an appropriate treatment pathway for individuals with eating disorders at all ages.”

Be sure to seek the professional help and support you need… no matter what your age!  #NEDAwarness

Related Eating Disorder Awareness Series via “The Way To Nourish For Life” as follows:

Eating Disorder Awareness… “IT’S TIME TO TALK…”! [Part 5 of 5] About Screening 

Eating Disorder Awareness… “IT’S TIME TO TALK…”! [Part 4 of 5] About Potential Signs 

Eating Disorder Awareness… “IT’S TIME TO TALK…”! [Part 3 of 5] About the Health Consequences 

Eating Disorder Awareness… “IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT”! [Part 2 of 5] 

Eating Disorder Awareness… “IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT”! [Part 1 of 5] 

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