Pekin, IL (PRWEB) November 01, 2015
Age does not immunize women from eating disorders. In the past, body satisfaction increased over a woman’s life, but today 65 percent of midlife women express significant body distress and weight preoccupation. In a new groundbreaking workshop at the 2016 iaedp Symposium in Amelia Island, Florida, February 18 – 21, the little-known facts about midlife eating disorders will be presented, including seeking treatment at midlife and beyond.
Authors of “Eating Disorders in Adult Women: Bio-psychosocial, Developmental and Clinical considerations,” Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, Karen Samuels, PhD and Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAED are keynote speakers on day two of the 2016 iaedp Symposium, during which the group will review that despite the belief that eating disorders and body image issues belong to adolescents and young women, recent research reports that 13 percent of adult women struggle with eating disorder symptoms. Breast cancer affects 12 percent, but gets far more attention from the medical community, media and general public.
Many adult women hide their disorder effectively, while others may be triggered into relapse when facing midlife stressors. Ashamed and ambivalent about seeking help, midlife women have more obstacles to treatment, but also bring maturity and motivation. As more women seek treatment at midlife and beyond, it will promote greater opportunity to discuss it.
Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.