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Think of a person with an eating disorder and your first thought will likely be of a college coed. Yet children as young as six and retired seniors are increasingly being treated for eating disorders.
Eating disorders can occur at any time of life. To educate professionals further on this disorder within all age groups, Walden Behavioral Care, LLC, and Eastern Connecticut Health Network will sponsor a free conference, “Disordered Eating Across the Lifespan.” on Thursday, April 25th in South Windsor.
Type “thinspiration” into Google’s blog search: 320,000 results appear. The phrase appears over images of bone-thin women posted on Pinterest, Tumblr, Youtube and other platforms offering encouragement to be ultra thin. These easily accessible pro-anorexia or pro-ana Web sites pose serious risks to young people with eating disorders, a United Kingdom review finds.
While bulimia is not as apparent as other eating disorders, medical professionals can learn to diagnose the disease fairly quickly. Typically, the first medical professional to know when a person has bulimia is the patient’s dentist, because of the impact of purging on a person’s teeth.
“People with bipolar disorder are entitled to the human experiences that anybody else could have – like falling in love,” says Walden Behavioral Care’s David H. Brendel, MD, PhD. “However, both vulnerability to bipolar disorder and falling in love – when they conspire and happen at the same time – can produce a complex picture.”