Eating disorders take heavy toll on women of all ages

August 13, 2012

Eating disorders are typically thought of as a problem among adolescent girls, but researchers are seeing many women over the age of 50 practicing unhealthy eating behaviors.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina found that almost 4 percent of women over the age of 50 report binge eating. Nearly 8 percent report purging, more than 70 percent diet to lose weight and 62 percent say their weight or shape adversely affects their lives.

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