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Dear Poll: Suffering from Anorexia in your 20s, and 30s, Ring a Bell?

In a recent Forbes Magazine article, research shows that anorexia is transcending the age barrier, now affecting women in their late 20s, 30s, and even in their 40s. This might come as a shock to some of you, seeing how anorexia has typically been viewed as a young woman's problem, so why the older diagnosis? You would think that older, more mature women would know better, but research suggests that older women are being treated for this disease because of growing public awareness of the disease, social pressure to be thin, an aging group of baby boomers, and women who simply have not yet fully recovered from a previous eating disorder.

I unfortunately know women in their teens, in their 20s, 30s, and even 50s who struggle with eating disorders, so what I want to know is, does anorexia or bulimia play a role in your adult life, affecting you either personally or a loved one?

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calli-gurl calli-gurl 8 years
a lot of maldivians have eating disorders. but not me or any of my friends. we dont eat healthy but we aint hippos.
haydee haydee 9 years
I never met anyone with an eating disorder, I'm glad
designergirl designergirl 9 years
When I was in a treatment center for anorexia when I was sixteen, I heard that there are "eating disorders" and "disordered eating"- a lot of people have disordered eating. Having had an eating disorder, I know that I still have a distorted body image even though I am quite small, but I have finally gotten to the point where I don't not have to count Calories and I don't really deny myself anything I want to eat. bluegenie, I think that calling one disease more detrimental or implying that anorexia or bulimia are not as serious as overeating, etc... is very judgemental and not grounded on any facts. Yes, obesity is more common, but anorexia and bulimia can kill you a lot faster than overeating. Ranking disorders is never helpful. I think that overeating is now an "official" recognized disorder by the NIH or AMA now, too. DearSugar, I also think its unfair to say that "you would think older women would know better" implies, in my opinion, that having a eating disorder is a result of not knowing enough, being unitelligent, or naive. I do not think that you meant anything by this, but I am quite sensitive to the subject, and there are probably posters with current eating disorders. Lastly- divalicious23- in Texas, we don't just eat fried chicken and burritos, we eat just like the rest of the world with the same wide variety of choices. I think obesity is not so much regional as socioeconomic. Studies show that lower income families and individuals have higher rates of obesity, And the portions and dress sizes are way too big. Sorry for the incredibly long post, its just something I feel people should be more educated about.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I know quite a few people with distorted body image issues (myself included on some days) but I don't know if I would consider that anorexic.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
i disagree that it's cheaper to eat healthy. i don't make a lot of money and i still eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. what is cheaper? a bag of potato chips or an equal weight of potatoes? some apples or a week's worth of pop? dried beans and rice you cook at home or chipotle that someone prepares for you? a bag of frozen veggies is a few dollars and quick to prepare~so why go for a TV dinner? it's much cheaper to eat at home than it is at restaurants, that's why i don't eat out hardly ever. cooking takes time but if you do it as a family then it really doesn't. when i was growing up i had to help my gram prepare food and so did my siblings. i think this is part of a lazy culture that we are developing.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Obesity in America is very much a problem. It primarily affects the poor in America, which seems like an oddity given that the poor in America used to be thin from lack of food to eat. However, think of the food given out in food banks. It's whatever they can put in a can, plus flour, sugar, lard etc. Eating a diet consisting of that often leads to obesity and adult onset diabetes. There are no fresh fruits and vegetables in those diets. Also, think of the cheapest food to buy... fast food. Obviously no nutritional balance there. It's very much a cycle. If you grew up eating this crap you are likely going to raise your kids the same way. People aren't learning how to cook anymore and we all eat out way more than we used to. It's just wealthier people can afford to eat out at better restaurants. Anyway, it's a weird situation, and it draws a lot less sympathy to see fat poor people than it does skinny poor people. But it's still a sad situation and we need to pay more attention to it.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I've been anorexic since I was about 13/14. I'm now 23 and only beginning to recover thanks to a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise. It's so hard and thanks to teenhelp.org I know hundreds more women and men who suffer from eating disorders. :( When will people realise that they are trying to achieve the unachievable??
divalicious23 divalicious23 9 years
overeating..I think this is a very american illness, meaning it happens in the us a lot more. I may upset some people about this but i think the portions in the us are just way way too big. The dress sizes are bigger than the rest of the world. Texas and those regions have this problem a lot more isn't it? What do they eat there? Fried chicken and buritos? Honestly I don't know and I'm not being funny here.
gooniette gooniette 9 years
i agree with bluejeanie. overeating is a disorder as well, even if you don't purge it. now that i look at it that way, i know many people who have an eating disorder.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
eh, as horrible as i know i sound i think that overeating and emotional eating are far bigger problems than anorexia and bullimia. they effect a much wider percentage of the population and i think they're much more detremental.
divalicious23 divalicious23 9 years
knew a girl once not know..
divalicious23 divalicious23 9 years
I know a gal once, really pretty but my god she was so screwed up! I don't know what has happpend to her but she was really thin and she was honest about being sick. She didn't have a lot of self esteem I think.
NdHebert NdHebert 9 years
My grandmother is in her late 60s, and she suffers from anorexia. Its very very sad. It can happen to you at any age.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
The sad part about eating disorders is that everyone "knows" someone with one, because most people with an eating disorder do not tell others, and many people with eating disorders are not thin and are of normal weight. So if you don't think you know anyone with one, trust me, you do, and most likely many. The latest stat on eating disorders from the NIH is that 25% of college-age woman have an eating disorder at come point while in school. Wow... I had a roommate in college who was bulimic. Bulimia is the worst because it is really hard to tell is someone has it. I only knew because I would be near our bathroom and she would be "taking a shower" (drowning out the sounds). No one else knew or suspected. I think the age of eating disorders is expanding bidirectionally: younger and younger people as well and older and older people are stricken with an eating disorder than even 10 years ago.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Yeah, it is really sad. It's like sometimes I want to shake people and tell them to snap out of it! I want to take them to a really good mexican restaurant and share some guac and chips and maybe some fried ice cream. That was the worst part about having some eating issues when I was younger... denying myself food! Now I never deny myself anything and eat whatever I want. I realize I cannot sustain this long term and am dreading hitting the age where my metabolism hits the skids.
caitlinp86 caitlinp86 9 years
so sad.
candy-apple candy-apple 9 years
I was sick when I was 16-17.. recovered, relapsed. i now consider myself "recovering" as in: it still affects me but not to an extent where i can't function normally. also- it is getting better. my boyfriend is confident i'll be completely rid of it some day. i hope so too but sometimes i'm not so sure..
anorthan anorthan 9 years
I have a friend who had an eating disorder in her teens. By the time we met she was in her 20's, had irreversible damage to her teeth and throat and had gone to rehab. She since has stopped purging and had veneers to cover up the visible damage. The sad thing is that it still affects her every day. She may no longer throw up but she does everything else in excess. She is constantly working out and obsessed with what she eats. It's hard because she has a young daughter and she doesn't see her obsession. I worry that she will pass this unhealthy obsession along to her daughter some day.
ailene ailene 9 years
I have not personally known anyone with an eating disorder. However, I have seen stories about people with eating disorders on TV, and I've seen super skinny people where you can see their bones. I don't know why anyone would CHOOSE to look bony. Yeah, it's nice to be thin, but if you overdo it, you just look trashy and sick. I'd rather be slightly plump than bony.
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