Caregiving | Home & Family | Personal HealthStories about eating disorders and older adults pop up periodically, and a new study is likely to stoke the conversation. It reveals the prevalence for women of anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating, thought to be the domain of the under 18 set. In a University of North Carolina online survey of 1,849 women age 50+, 13 percent reported eating disorders, with 79 percent saying their weight or shape negatively affected their self-image. Forty-one percent checked their body every day, while 36 …
News Roundups | Personal HealthWhile anorexia, bulimia and other disordered eating habits disproportionately vex the young, older women — and men — aren’t excluded. A new study found 13 percent of women over 50 currently exhibit at least one core eating disorder symptom. The most common was “purging” (throwing up food) without binge eating (7.8 percent), followed by binge eating (3.5 percent). Overall, nearly three-quarters of all the women said they were currently trying to lose weight.
News RoundupsSociologists Wonder: Who Will Care For Single Seniors? A growing number of older men and women are “opting out” of marriage, the New York Times reports. Since the 1990s, the divorce rate for boomers has climbed more than 50 percent, even as it stabilized among other age groups. Meanwhile, less adults got married in the first place. The result is a surprising number of Americans in their 50s and 60s heading into old age sans spouse.