What Accounts for the Rise of Eating Disorders in Midlife?
We often think of eating disorders as illnesses that afflict adolescents and young adults. A 2012 study sheds light on the alarming prevalence of eating disorders in women 50 and over: 13% experience eating disorder symptoms, 60% report that their body image concerns negatively affect their lives, and 70% are actively trying to lose weight.
What accounts for the rise in eating disorders at midlife? According to an article from AARP, menopause echoes puberty with regard to the physical and psychological changes women experience.
Ever Wondered What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders?
Different levels of care exist to treat eating disorders. The most intense treatment is hospital based Inpatient Treatment followed by Residential Treatment. A Partial Hospitalization Program, otherwise known as Day Treatment, involves spending the day in treatment, and then going home in the evening to spend the night. One meal and/or snack is eaten at home. The next lowest level of care, the one which this article focuses on, is Intensive Outpatient Treatment, otherwise known as IOP.