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I always thought that eating disorders and preoccupation with food began at at early age – like me when I was in my early teens. Through research that I am doing on aging and recovery from eating disorders, I am finding more and more articles on women who are caught up in the social demands that say thinness is where it is at and aging is where it isn’t. They turn 40 and start the spirit killer of food addiction.

Do women see themselves as somehow a burden? In some twisted way has food, body image, and weight became mixed up in the equation?

Treatment options may be limited for these women. How has this happened where women who are in their prime time of their life, suddenly find themselves upset and preoccupied with what they view as a defect with their bodies? Sad and senseless or makes perfect sense?

 

What happens for older women that suddenly find themselves starving all day and binging all night?

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I was quite simple for me.

Out of my desperation and hibernation into the pits of shame and self hatred, I started to tell the truth on how severe the binging and purging had gotten for me.

Thousands of dollars of in patient and out patient treatment just touched the surface of the despair in my heart. The confusion of who this person was beneath the big, baggy, black clothes was like a hurricane brewing in the ocean. Feared only by me.

Baggy clothes were like a wall of protection. You couldn't see me and I couldnt feel myself. The pain of it all was that I so desperately wanted to be seen. Pure confusion.

The secrecy behind locked doors kept the outside from looking in. No one could tell what I was doing with food. Binging, purging, binging purging. Some days it was all day. I hated myself for what I was doing and hated myself because I was so scared.

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Alida Schuyler MS, PCC, is a leading expert, trainer, speaker and consultant for Recovery Coaching worldwide. She is co-founder of Recovery Coaches International and Director of Crossroads Recovery Coaching Inc.

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Thom Rutledge is the author of "Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scare Us into Our Greatest Gift."

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Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in the individual pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, addiction involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

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