Why this upsurge in eating disorders?
Heart, Mind and Strength blogs on a New York Times article (their link requires registration) that indicates that middle-aged women are the biggest class of new patients for eating disorder therapy.
Next to women aged 18-25, women over the age of 38 are the group of women most likely to terminate pregnancies.
This field of study is in its infancy, but in post-abortion circles, it is well known that Dr. Theresa Burke's original interest in the emotional aftermath of abortion was sparked when as a graduate student, she was assigned to supervise a group of women with eating disorders. In the introductory chapter to Forbidden Grief, she tells how one night in group, the subject of abortion erupted in a fiercely emotional explosion in the group.
Forbidden Grief also devotes one chapter to Dr. Burke's work with women who traced the origin of their eating disorder to their abortion.