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Disordered Eating Across the Lifespan of Women

Cheryl L. Fulton

2017

Disordered eating (DE) and body dissatisfaction are common among diverse women across the lifespan and similar in prevalence and nature to findings from studies of adolescents and young adults. Given the historic focus on adolescents and young adults, clinicians may lack awareness and knowledge of DE among all ages of women. This is vital given that treatment seeking is increasing for women beyond emerging adulthood. Early detection and intervention are important given the prevalence and progressive nature of DE. The prevalence, trends, patterns, and predictors of DE are discussed along with clinical considerations regarding the unique intersection of age and gender as it relates to DE and body dissatisfaction.

Keywords: disordered eating, dieting, body dissatisfaction, lifespan, mental health

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