A growing number of middle-aged women and me are seeking help for anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders that had been thought to be limited mostly to girls and young women.
In most people's minds, eating disorder (ED) conjures images of a thin, white, upper-middle-class teenage girl. The ED landscape has changed. Countless men and women in midlife and beyond, from all ethnic backgrounds, also struggle with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, purging disorder, and binge eating disorder. Some people have suffered since youth; others relapsed in midlife, often after a stressor such as infidelity, divorce, death of a loved one, menopause, or unemployment. Still others experience eating disorder symptoms for the first time in midlife.
Primary care physicians, ob-gyns, and other practitioners may overlook these disorders in adults or, even worse, demean them for not having outgrown these adolescent problems. Treatments for adults must acknowledge and address the unique challenges faced by those middle-aged or older. Midlife Eating Disorders-a landmark book-guides adults in understanding Why me? and Why now? It shows a connection between the rise in midlife ED and certain industries that foster discontent with the natural aging process. It also gives readers renewed hope by explaining how to overcome symptoms and access resources and support. Renowned eating disorder specialist Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., helps partners and family members develop compassion for those who suffer with ED-and helps health professionals appreciate the nuances associated with detecting and treating midlife eating disorders.
About the Author
Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. She has been featured or quoted in Vogue, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She is author of The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like With Who You Are and Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop. Bulik lives in North Carolina.
Bulik offers hope that freedom from the unrealistic ideals of beauty can be achieved through disciplined self-scrutiny and a will to change damaging ways of thinking and being. Kirkus Reviews (for Crave) A pain-for-gain challenge to self-awareness that may be the only hope we have to change a troubling trend. Publishers Weekly (for Crave) Bulik has a life-changing message for women and delivers it well. Library Journal (for Crave)