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Eating Disorders Surprisingly Common Among Women Over 50

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A recent study found that just because a woman gets older, doesn't mean she's any more comfortable with her body.

Apparently 62% of women over the age of 50 reported that their weight negatively impacted their lives.

Many of them were found to have eating disorders.

The study author said:

"I would say the findings were expected to me, but will come as a surprise to the rest of the world. We have been seeing this clinically, but have not had the data to say this is something that’s going on. The stereotype is that eating disorders are for adolescents and younger women, but that’s not the case."

Some of the women already had eating disorders from when they were younger.

Others developed them later in life.

Society is partially to blame.

"As a society, we are placing so much pressure on women over 50 to not look like they’re aging. There are ads saying, You should buy these products or get this surgery or make these changes, so the world doesn’t have to see your wrinkles. It’s pushing women toward unhealthy weight-controlling behaviors."

Women need to know that they're beautiful no matter what.

There are people who love you just the way you are!

[Image via Tomas Castelazo/Wikimedia Commons.]

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