Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery
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Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery

by Cynthia M. Bulik
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

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Library Journal
While many associate eating disorders with teenage girls, the disorders affect people of all ages and both genders. Bulik (psychiatry, Univ. of North Carolina Sch. of Medicine; The Woman in the Mirror: How To Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are) explains why these disorders are increasing among midlife patients. Some may be relapsing; others have experienced transitions or stressors such as job loss, divorce, menopause, or loss of a loved one. The middle-aged often must deal with relationships, parenting, and work while coping with the disorder. Bulik explains the various eating disorders and their diagnoses. She discusses treatment options, finding compassionate care, and the importance of support from health professionals as well as family and friends. The book has extensive notes as well as a resource list of American and British organizations. VERDICT Highly recommended. The author deals with a topic that has not been addressed in the consumer health literature. Both public and consumer health libraries will want to add it to their collections.—Barbara Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802712691
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 5.52(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet 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 Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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