Dr. Berkus explains if the characteristics of eating disorders differ from a woman in her 30's and a younger woman.
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Question: Do the characteristics of eating disorders differ between a woman in her 30s and a younger woman? Dr. Vicki Berkus: I would say, yes because woman in their 30s are different in than young woman. There are different from the person they were as the young woman. And when we think as someone in their 30s, by now they taken an new roles and one of the roles might be a mom. Now they see from the different perspective, what it's like to mother another person, what it's like that, that kind of responsibility and that day after day stress that goes with that. And also notice that their happen changes in their body after they have given, if they have children and a lot of times this is very difficult, because things that were happening hormonally, when they were 17 to 25 or now not happening or happening differently once they have reach 30. So, there is the combination of normal aging, which bring it's own stressors to woman, their hormonal changes that happen and also professionally in their 30s woman are coming into their own and they now they have the idea what roll do I want, I'm a mom what do I professionally, I'm also the role of mother may be a daughter in law, may be friend and so there is tremendous amount of stress and self sort of the questioning as to what do they need in their lives all this connected.