I’ve heard a lot of strange and sometimes dangerous myths about eating disorders over the years, as I’m sure you have too. You know the kind of statements that just make you shudder, things like:
One big misconception that campaigners, medical professionals and recovery activists are currently working hard to raise awareness about is the misleading notion that you can be “too old to have an eating disorder.”
So many people are under the impression that eating disorders only affect teenage girls, and while it is true that bulimia statistics still suggest the vast majority of suffers are younger females, there are some important things to bear in mind.
Of course it’s horrible to think of people developing an eating disorder for the first time later in their lives (or at all), but there are a couple of reasons why the upsurge in older people being diagnosed may not be all bad.
1. It means people who’ve hidden away, ashamed or confused by their eating disorders finally feel safe enough to seek the support they need and deserve.
2. It shows that older bulimics are beginning to understand that they are just as deserving of this support and that having bulimia is nothing to be ashamed of.
3. It proves that more and more people are discovering what we already know - that recovery is always an option, regardless of how long you’ve suffered for.
4. It means that in time we’ll have countless incredible recovery stories like that of Joy Tapper (who recovered following a 55 year battle with bulimia) to inspire people who may have given up all hope for bulimia treatment success.
If you’ve ever felt that you’re too old to have an eating disorder then you only have to look through our forms to know that you’re not alone in this. There are people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
In fact just looking through the first couple of posts in the forum where new members introduce themselves I can see ages ranging from 19-52. So please remember, you are never too old to have bulimia and it is never too late to recover!
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