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Think anorexia is only for teenage girls? Think again. Some experts believe that more than 10% of anorexics are over 40. What drives an adult to starve herself or himself? And what help is available? Michael Strober, PhD, joined us to answer questions about adult anorexia on Aug. 2, 2005.
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My interests and research involvement has been in the area of eating disorders and mood disorders and I have expertise in a variety of different areas including the long-term study of eating disorders, the treatment of eating disorders and the biology and genetics of these conditions. My interest in treatment and my expertise spans both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.
Roughly 3%-5% of people who develop anorexia nervosa will have its illness in its full form for decades, meaning the symptoms will be present acutely well into adult life. So when you consider that the course of the illness tends to be fairly protracted, it is not at all unusual for people who have anorexia nervosa to be of adult age. In my experience, when the illness actually seems to unfold after the age of 20 it is usually foreshadowed by milder symptoms developing during the teenage years.
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