Last month I was interviewed by U.S. News and World Report for an article about healthy weight loss after pregnancy, in which I shared about my technique of not weighing myself as part of my 30-year recovery, and how that had helped me navigate the minefields of keeping my bulimia at bay while gaining enough weight without obsessiveness during my three successful pregnancies more than twenty years ago.
In my conversations with the reporter, Anna Miller, I shared my strong feelings about the need for the media to devote more space to the stories of long-term recovery instead of what I kept reading and hearing about in the news.
For example,any internet search on middle-aged women and eating disorders results only in stories about what a sorry lot we are. In fact, the main information that jumps out of Google on this topic is that we are suffering in greater numbers than ever before, that we are clogging treatment centers, and that the longer you have an eating disorder, the worse your prognosis. Conclusion: zero hope if you want to know if long-term recovery exists at all and that the tough slog into early recovery will have a long-term payoff.
And to make matters worse, middle-aged women are apparently mental health disasters in every category, including alcoholism, prescription drug overdoses, suicide attempts and depression, too. What in the world is there to look forward to if our attempts at happiness and health are overwhelmingly ending in such misery? Read More Celebrating New Year’s with eating disorder recovery stories and not just about weight loss