Dietary limitations lead Eating Disorders in most of the women and teenage girls in America, shows the latest research, in which older women are also highlighted as preoccupied with weight and food as the teen counterparts.
According to the new research review disclosed in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, nearly 3.5 per cent women with age of 50 or more have reported binged eating, while 8 per cent women have reported purging. The study also has focused on around 70 per cent midlife women who try to cut their weight, while 62 per cent other midlife women think their body shape and weight are negatively affecting on their lives.
Melissa O’Neill, program development director at the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in the United States, said in a statement that, “One of the features of an eating disorder is that thinking around food and exercise becomes distorted.”
However, the research has revealed that men also scuffle with bulimia or binge eating disorder. But comparatively women seem much more likely to be at the risk of developing Eating Disorders, as the ratio is nearly 10 million females vs. 1 million male suffer from the disorder in the United States. The reason behind this ratio is women feel more societal pressure of being slim.
eating disorder specialist and author of ‘The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook’, Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross stated that, “People who are feeling depressed and bad about themselves often externalize that to their appearance, and then become hyper-focused on losing weight.”