Friday, August 11, 2006

Anorexia not just for teens anymore

…Anorexia, the eating disorder best known to attack—and sometimes kill—young people is now being seen more often than before in middle-aged women.

…This flies in the face of 30 years of experience, says one eating disorder specialist.

…Women of 50 are in treatment centers alongside 13-year-olds.

…Anorexia and its cousin bulemia (where one eats but then vomits) are partly genetic.

…(They are not just the result of watching Nicole Ritchie too much on E! News.)

…Eating disorders have been documented back to the 1600s. They also may be partly a braining wiring problem, similar to obsessive compulsive disorder.

…As for its older sufferers, some think empty nest and hubs checking around for a tauter companion can aggravate the cycle.

...Not eating much (say 200 calories a day) can lead to break down of muscle, bone, and brain tissue. Vomiting can rout your teeth and esophagus.

…If you find yourself skipping meal after meal because you "aren’t hungry” or arranging your plate with two crackers and a grape, think about getting help.

...Think of wrinkles, ladies! Why pay some doctor to plug "spackle" into your creases when you can eat!

…There are antidepressants and other medication to make things clearer.

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