Could I have an Eating Disorder? Women Over 50

I originally posted this on my blog (now edited) and received the most readers of any of my posts (4.4K).  Eating disorders may occur at any age, and it’s awfully difficult to accept when you are middle-aged and over 50+.

Two years ago, I was 58 years old and struggled with an eating disorder called anorexia.  That was extremely outrageous to me recalling a time when I had ballooned to a whopping 285 lbs.

During the late 1990’s I had been hospitalized too many times for major depression and on a cocktail of too many medications.  Countless meds with their side effects increased my weight, and the heaviness remained that way for many years.  But, before the gallbladder illness in November 2012, I had slimmed down to 185 lbs.

Yes, the gallbladder fiasco. Long story short, surgeons operated twice to finally remove this painfully unusable organ, and throughout this time,  my diet was:  “No fried food and no rich desserts or you will irritate your gallbladder.”

From November 2012 to March 2013 I was faithful to the diet, thereby losing 45 pounds.

I weighed 140 pounds, yippee! My clothing size dropped from a size 22 to size 12/14.  I was hell bent on losing more, starving myself, restricting food, weighing daily on the scale and becoming preoccupied with my weight, afraid to eat this and that.  I wanted to look presentable for once in my life.

A hellish downward spiral was just beginning; my exhilaration was short-lived.  I was now diagnosed, at 58, with an eating disorder and advancing towards an inpatient eating disorder program.  I was more miserable weighing 140 lbs.!

I’ll continue with my story in another post to follow in a few days.  Deb

Quote on eating disorders: Recovery is a challenge but it's not as difficult as continuing to live with the wrath of an eating disorder.

Think anorexia, bulimia and bingeing only occur in teens and young adults? Think again…

This article really peaked my interest. Reported on AARP The Magazine’s website they included a 53-year-old mother of two who suffered from Bulimia Nervosa. Also, is the disturbing number of middle-aged adults suffering from life-threatening eating disorders.

5 Signs You May Have an Eating Disorder

1. You make yourself vomit because you feel uncomfortably full.

2. You worry that you have lost control over how much you eat.

3. You’ve lost more than 14 pounds in a three-month period.

4. You believe yourself to be fat when others think you are too thin.

5. Thinking about food dominates your life.

Article continues:  AARP The Magazine

Related Articles:

Why Adult Women Suffer From Eating Disorders (Huffington Post Health)

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I am a Mental Health Advocate for mental illness Stigma. In 2007, I created the "Living in Stigma" blog, with the purpose and anticipation of educating people about mental illness. Depression is part of this illness, which intertwines with those struggling with PTSD, chronic pain, and other invisible illnesses. I am a chronic migraine sufferer myself, and a sexual and emotional abuse survivor. My passions are writing, poetry, and art. All abuse Survivors are also Warriors.

2 thoughts on “Could I have an Eating Disorder? Women Over 50”

  1. I’ve struggled with anorexia since a young teen. Now with bipolar meds I’ve put on weight and can’t shed it despite exercise or starving. So now I refer to myself as ‘The Fat Anorexic’ and try to come to terms with it. Body dysmorphia is my big problem now

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    1. Those meds! When I was in therapy and discussing my weight, it never dawned on me the huge side effects of medication for weight gain until my therapist pointed it out. I know I ate more, but I thought I was lazy, no exercise (which was true), however, didn’t understand how my appetite increased either. Back then there was no internet to tell you or explain side effects, and the tiny, tiny print that comes with the prescription was probably never read by me! Struggling with anorexia is just as serious! Body image and eating disorders are one of the toughest illnesses to deal with. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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