When Attempts at Eating Disorders Recovery Have Failed

January 25, 2010 Amanda_HP

If you're an adult woman with anorexia or bulimia, what do you do if earlier attempts at eating disorders recovery have failed? Watch our interview to find out.

The upcoming HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show is for adult women. Our topic is: What to Do When Earlier Attempts at Eating Disorders Recovery Have Failed.

Some 10 to 15 percent of women suffer from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating or maladaptive eating attitudes according to a new study from the Université de Montréal and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

According to news reports, some women develop eating disorders in their twenties, thirties, and forties because they, too, face increasing pressure to be thin, just like their teenage counterparts. The pressures of pregnancy, divorce, job loss, and other common issues faced by adult women also take their toll.

But many adult women with eating disorders were teenagers with anorexia and bulimia which carried into adulthood. Some made attempts at eating disorders recovery in their younger years and for a myriad of reasons, the recovery attempt either didn't work out or didn't last.

Now, in adulthood, these same women wonder whether they can be successful at eating disorders treatment.

Recovery from Eating Disorders at Any Age

In her interview on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show this week, Ms. Poppink defines what true recovery from an eating disorder really means and emphasizes that recovery can take place at any age (Ed. note, video no longer available). Joanna Poppink, MFT, has treated adult women with eating disorders for over three decades. You can find her at Triumphant Journey: A Cyberguide To Stop Overeating and Recover from Eating Disordersin the HealthyPlace Eating Disorders Community.

Based in Los Angeles, California, Ms. Poppink says "over the years I've seen many people emerge from despair into a more full and fulfilling life." At this point, if you've lived with anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, you may be thinking: "That's impossible!"

Ms. Poppink swears it's not. You can visit her website at Eating Disorder Recovery.

Share About Eating Disorder Recovery

We invite you to share your experience with eating disorders treatment or trying to recover from an eating disorder like anorexia, bulimia or binge eating. Or maybe you feel it can't be done. Leave a comment and tell us why.

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Amanda_HP (2010, January 25). When Attempts at Eating Disorders Recovery Have Failed, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, April 18 from

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