A UK research has suggested that eating disorder affects a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, reports BBC Health.
The study was conducted on 5,000 women whom 3% of them were discovered to have an eating disorder.
Some of these women said that the condition had affected them since they were children and others said it developed while in mid-age.
The eating disorders include anorexia and bulimia.
One of the study participants, Julie Spinks from Beaconsfield, shared her story with BBC. She is 48 years.
The anorexia condition developed when she was 44 years.
She says that at the time she learnt about it, it was a complete shock for her. She says that she was aware she was restricting her food but at no time did she ever think she had anorexia.
“I’d been really unhappy at work and had very low self-esteem. To begin with I just thought I had lost my appetite,” she says.
She says that she began by getting depressed. She developed the tendency that she wasn’t worth feeding or even existing. “I wanted to disappear and fade away.”
Little by little, Jullie’s weight began to decline. Her realization happened when she went to the gym.
A struggle with the brain
“I’d run for about an hour and burnt off about 500 calories. I remember thinking that’s about the same as a chocolate bar. That’s when I started to link food and exercise.”
But even at this stage, Jullie had not realized that she has anorexia. She was of the opinion that anorexia would only affect “other people.” Never did she think it would affect her.
One day she experienced a breakdown at her workplace, prompting her to go for a mental health assessment. It was after this that she was diagnosed with anorexia and depression.
She was then given antidepressants and started therapy sessions for her eating disorder.
She says that the therapy has been credible for her despite the hard times. She is now on a healthy track.
“I’m much better but I would say it is always in the back of my mind. I have good days and bad days. The whole eating process is a struggle,” she explains.