The word eating disorders brings to mind pimply teenage girls gorging on food. However experts say that middle-aged women are also prone to eating disorders in much the same manner as youngsters.
"Eating disorders mostly occur when a person eats at odd hours. The time between dinner and sleep is very less which results in the accumulation of fat. Little exercise and lack of knowledge about food are also major contributors to eating disorders," says Dr Sanjay Phutane, senior dietician, Homeo Clinic and Dietic Centre, Koramangala.
He added that eating disorders also cause other issues like osteoarthritis as hormonal balance is disrupted and bones become weakened. "Unhealthy eating habits and lack of a nutritious diet result in anemia in women causing physical and mental weakness," he added.
Other issues include obesity, menstrual disorders, acne, hair loss, premature greying of hair, lack of concentration and sleep.
Counselling and awareness programmes are the best ways to deal with the issue. Some eating issues can be tackled with medications as well.