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>>> NEWS TONIGHT ABOUT WOMEN'S
HEALTH.
WHILE MUCH OF THE SPOTLIGHT IS
ON OBESITY, THE FACT IS MILLIONS
OF WOMEN ARE STARVING
THEMSELVES, SUFFERING FROM
DEBILITATING, SOMETIMES, EVEN
FATAL DISORDERS.
AND INCREASINGLY, EXPERTS SAY
IT'S NOT JUST YOUNG WOMEN WHO
WITH STRUGGLING WITH THESE
EATING DISORDERS.
OUR REPORT TONIGHT FROM OUR
CHIEF MEDICAL EDITOR, DR. NANCY
SNYDERMAN.
>>> COME ON IN, KERRY, SIT DOWN.
>> Reporter: KERRY DIDN'T EXPECT
TO BE HERE, IN TREATMENT FOR A
EATING DISORDER AT THE AGE OF
41.
YOU DON'T FIT INTO THESE PAIR OF
PANTS SO YOU'RE A BIG FAT COW.
>> BUT HERE SHE IS.
AFTER A DESPERATE INTERVENTION
FROM FAMILY MEMBERS LAST
CHRISTMAS.
>> MY SISTER SAID, KERRY, YOU
ARE SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL.
>> WHAT MADE YOU HEAR THEM?
>> I WANTED TO.
I WAS READY.
I'M 41 YEARS OLD.
AND IT'S JUST TIME.
I WAS TIRED.
>> Reporter: A CASCADE OF
TRAUMATIC EVENT IN MID-LIFE IS A
TYPICAL TRIGGER FOR EATING
DISORDERS IN WOMEN OVER 30.
>> I DIDN'T REALIZE I STILL HAD
A EATING DISORDER.
>> AND FOR KERRY, A RECENTLY
DIVORCED MOM AND A STRUGGLING
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, EATING OR
NOT EATING WAS THE ONE THING SHE
COULD CONTROL.
>> I WAS LOSING HAIR.
MY GUMS WERE BLEEDING.
BROKEN BONES.
I HAD LOST MAIER PERIOD FOR
THREE YEARS AND I DIDN'T CARE.
WHAT MATTERS WAS THE SCALE.
>> THE BODY YOU HAVE NOW, DO YOU
LIKE IT?
>> I'M LEARNING TO.
>> Reporter: LEARNING WHILE IN
TREATMENT.
THREE DAYS A WEEK AT THE RENFREW
CENTER IN RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY.
>> Reporter: THEY HAVE DEVISED A
PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY FOR WOMEN
35-PLUS.
AFTER SEEING AN INCREASE IN SOME
42% IN PATIENTS THAT AGE, SINCE
2001.
>> CLINICIANS ACROSS THE BOARD
ARE MORE SENSITIVE TO THESE
ISSUES.
MORE LIKELY TO ASK A WOMAN
OLDER, WHAT'S GOING ON WITH YOUR
EATING?
YOU LOOK LIKE YOU LOST WEIGHT?
I'M WORRIED ABOUT YOU.
>> Reporter: EXPERTS SAY IT
CONSIDER A LIFE-LONG JOURNEY
BACK AND FOR KERRY, IT IS ONE
DAY AT A TIME.
WHAT DO YOU WANT OTHER WOMEN TO
KNOW?
>> THAT RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE AND
THAT IT'S SO MUCH BETTER THAN
LIVING IN THE DISEASE.