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How Adult Women Can Easily Hide an Eating Disorder

How Adult Women Can Easily Hide an Eating Disorder

When you think of eating disorders do you think that it mostly affects teenage girls? Learn how easily an eating disorder in adult women can be easily hidden.

10846628-a-group-of-illustrated-3d-people-are-arranged-in-a-circle-around-the-words-letAccording to an article at womhealth.org.au, “Women and Eating Disorders”

“Why are eating disorders under-recognized in adult women?
Easier to hide

If a teenager is still living at home it is more difficult to hide an eating disorder (although they still have many ways of keeping it a secret). A family member is often aware of what food is being consumed and behaviors such as bingeing, vomiting, laxative misuse and over-exercising are harder to disguise.

For older women, however, living independently can bring with it much more opportunities to hide an eating disorder. Women with bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder, for example, can now purchase their own food and consume it at a time when they won’t be detected. Some women manage to keep an eating disorder hidden for many years, even from those closest to them.

Misperception that you have to be very thin
Many people’s ideas of an eating disorder are influenced by characteristics of anorexia nervosa. They expect that a person with an eating disorder will be skeletal thin. Women who are of normal weight or even overweight, therefore, are not considered to have an eating disorder, even if their behavior might suggest otherwise.

Dieting as a normal state
There is a normalization of dieting in our society. Australians spend billions of dollars a year on weight loss counseling and weight loss products. Women with eating disorders can simply say they are on the latest juice, Paleo or raw food diet and people don’t necessarily question their food choices.” To read the entire article click here.

If you’re looking for help understanding and healing from an eating disorder. ABC Nutrition Services specializes in eating disorders. To schedule an appointment contact ABC Nutrition Services at 775-329-0505 or visit abcnutritionservices.com.

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