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Eating pathology in midlife women: similar or different to younger counterparts?

Jenkins, P. E. and Price, T. (2018) Eating pathology in midlife women: similar or different to younger counterparts? International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51 (1). pp. 3-9. ISSN 0276-3478

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1002/eat.22810

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Objective This study examined potential similarities and differences between women with eating disorders (EDs) in midlife and their younger counterparts. Method Seven hundred and three women assessed by a specialist eating disorder service were divided into three groups based on age (18–25, 25–40, and 40+) and compared on a number of clinical and demographic measures. Distribution of ED diagnoses was also examined between groups. Results Midlife women were less likely to receive a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa and more likely to receive a diagnosis of binge‐eating disorder than their younger counterparts. Duration of illness was longer and age of ED onset later in the midlife group but no differences were seen on measures of global ED pathology, psychosocial impairment, or psychological distress. Discussion This study adds to the developing literature concerning EDs in midlife women, although further work is needed to support the findings presented here and to examine profiles of males presenting to treatment centers.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:76081
Publisher:Wiley

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