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Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders in midlife and beyond
- By Carolyn Schatz, Former Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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I was being under weight for my teenager life, though I’m very active, but I don’t miss my meals, and I was very depressed. Now I’m 24 having problem in over weight, and yes I worked in the office and it looks its hard to lose weight and gain.
A technique introduced by Herbert Benson MD was to use “remembered wellness”.
Take some time out for yourself, and recall a time when you were at an ideal weight and you felt great about it. Get right into the memory of it. Live it again in your mind, then relax into the memory.
Whatever resources you used at that time to get you to that ideal weight are in that memory, deep in your unconscious.
Spend enough time using this technique and you will become aware of the resources you used at the time.
Now you just use the same resources again to get back to your ideal weight.
I am 59 yrs old, and I am in my third year of recovery from severe anorexia. I was 48 at the time I was diagnosed. Along with severe depression, I think I have always had a form of disordered eating. I always thought that eating disorders only occurs in young women. I almost died twice from it. I think that the fact that my mother died at an early age from complications of morbid obesity, although I was no where near obese. After years of intense treatment and sheer determination, I am now solidly in my recovery. I have been in treatment with all ages women and men 12-75
I am 62 and have found that all my working life that I could only work independently, outside of a structured environment because I have difficulty focusing. Probably some form of ADD; although when I was growing up this condition was not considered or identified as such. At times when I really need to focus, I find that sugar in the form of candy really helps, providing me a short term boost for concentrating. However, this can lead to periods of candy binges. I appreciate this is not good for me, yet it is my way of coping.
Recently, because of health concerns, and awareness of diabetes, I have sought a solution by taking a body detox regimen. I found that the results from this were quite envigorating.
My wife who took the same body detox regimen had extraordinary results. She has suffered from severe asthma and allergies all her life, requiring weekly shots to cope. Since our taking the first body detox she hasn’t suffered from allergies and no longer needs her weekly shots.
People with eating disorders are usually intensely unhappy about their body shape and size. A negative body image can suggest or prefigure a full-blown eating disorder—or what doctors call a subclinical problem, in which a woman never becomes alarmingly thin but organizes her life around food and weight control.
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