Broadway actress Pauline Frederick once said, "When a man gets up to speak, people listen then look. When a woman gets up, people look, then, if they like what they see, they listen."
Unfortunately this is actually a very insightful observation. Women are often judged by their looks first, even when they have proven themselves in their careers. But caring about how they look is only part of the reason why women well past their teenage years are experiencing eating disorders. The pressure stemming from a high-powered career as well as the need to project the image that they can have it all may be a contributing factor to the resurgence of eating disorders in women ages 35 to 60.
The Renfrew Center, a mental-health center with locations nationwide, has experienced a 42% increase in women older than 35 coming in for help with eating disorders, as of this summer. New research is showing that people tend not to outgrow eating disorders and a high-powered career could be a trigger. ARead More »from Is An Eating Disorder Part Of The High-Powered Career Woman Package?