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Women & Eating Disorders

Break down the cultural and societal messages that influence how you experience your body as a woman

Women and Eating Disorders


Finding peace in your mind and body is difficult for women in a society that still widely perceives thinness and small dress sizes aspirational.

Even though there have been successful campaigns to challenge this stigma, we live in a world where messages flood our mind on a daily basis and slim is good, fat is bad. It is no wonder that eating disorders are more prevalent in women than ever.

Eating disorders can affect adult females of all age groups and result from various reasons that include child abuse, poor self-esteem, childhood obesity and societal pressure. Evidence shows that there is especially a rise in eating disorders among women in their 40s and 50s, who feel pressure to maintain a young look.

At WeightMatters we support you in challenging your internal world so you can feel more skilled and confident in being able to challenge your relationship with food and your body, which can help you feel more at ease in your external world.

Current Female Eating Disorder Prevalance Rates (%) in the UK

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Eating Disorder Facts & Figures

Bulimia Nervosa is more frequent than anorexia, and 90% of people with bulimia are female. It often starts around the age of 18 or 19.

Anorexia Nervosa typically develops around the age of 16 or 17.

Generally, it is important to understand that eating disorders can appear at any gender, age and ethnicity.


Binge eating typically starts to develop later in life, around the ages of 30 and 40. Approximately 5% of the adult population will suffer from binge eating in their lifetime affecting almost equally both women and men.

Body Image and Eating Disorders in Women


Body image refers to how we perceive our body. Our body perception evolves throughout our lifespan and it is influenced by societal and cultural factors.

Today media falsely represents an ‘ideal’ body portrait which women try to adhere to, creating unrealistic expectations.

As a result, many women show distorted body image, or negative body image, as they incorrectly perceive themselves to be fatter, or uglier than they really are.

In many situations, these body image issues can lead to disordered eating behaviour or eating disorders.

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Evidence suggests that there is a relationship between eating disorders and distorted body image. Body dissatisfaction can lead to restrictive dieting and over-exercising, in order for women to lose weight and thus feel better about their appearance and their body.

This extreme occupation with what they eat and how much they weigh can often lead to disordered eating patterns and even eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating or orthorexia. It is very important, therefore, for treatment interventions to focus on how women think about and perceive their body.

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