Why do so many older women have eating disorders?

A surprising number of women in middle age are suffering from eating disorders but few are seeking help, warn psychiatrists.

Researchers studying the phenomenon believe one in every 28 women aged 40 to 50 has an active eating disorder such an anorexia nervosa, binge eating or bulimia.

This figure is higher than expected as the problem is primarily associated with adolescence in early adulthood.