Eating disorders don’t just affect young women

By Kelly Newson

Who says eating disorders are just for teens and 20 somethings? Well, if you haven’t noticed lately, then you should know that eating disorders affect every age group – male and female. Some don’t speak out about it. For instance, older adults, more in particular the 50 plus age group, aren’t likely to come out and discuss their eating problems but suffer in silence instead. They have issues that they deal with just like anyone else, such as divorce, death, children moving away and not to mention that mid-life crisis. For many 50 somethings, they begin eating more, and this may cause massive weight gain. As you get older, the weight is harder to lose, making the weight gain a burden. Some may even try excessive excercise regimes and/or diets or even slip into a depression. It can be tough for the older generation, especially if they don’t have the support of loved ones and friends. Eating disorders are a serious issue, and if it’s not taken seriously, it can lead to even more serious problems. There’s help out there, so if you or a loved one have an eating disorder, please get the help you need and get your loved ones involved. You are not alone. You don’t have to face this problem alone.

The NEDA helpline can help patients find those specialists: For information or referrals regarding eating disorders, call 1-800-931-2237.