In a UK study of 5,658 women, 3% were found to have an active eating disorder in mid-life, a figure higher than expected as eating disorders are primarily associated with adolescence or early adulthood. The research published in BMC Medicine is the first investigation of the prevalence of eating disorders in a population sample of women in the fourth and fifth decade of life.
Around 15.3% of women in the study reported having an eating disorder at some point in their life and 3.6% reported an eating disorder in the past 12 months. Less than 30% of women who had eating disorders said they had sought help or received treatment.
The research was reported in main and local news outlets in the UK, with coverage in The Times, BBC news, The Independent, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, BMJ and it was discussed in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. It did well globally, reported by ABC, Psychiatry Advisor and The Age Times in US; The Australian, The Courier Mail, and Daily Telegraph in Australia; The Voice in Finland; and Sveriges Radio in Sweden.