Weight and body image issues do not belong soley to the young, researchers have found – perhaps making official what plenty of women already discuss over coffee, with fake sugar, please.
The study released Friday in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that 70% of women over 50 are trying to lose weight and 62% say their weight or shape has a negative effect on their lives. The study also found that 3.5% report binge eating at least once a week, and 7.5% reported using diet pills.
The study notes that little is known about the disordered eating behaviors among the 53 million U.S. women over age 50, so researchers from the University of North Carolina tried to find out.
“An unfortunate assumption is that they ‘grow out of’ body dissatisfaction and eating disorders, but no one has really bothered to ask,” lead researcher Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Caolina Eating Disorders Program, said in a statement.