Eating disorders can occur at any age although they often begin in adolescence and women are ten times more likely to develop them than men. A study of 41,000 pregnant women taking part in the Norwegian Mother and Child Study found that 96 suffered from bulimia in the first trimester of their pregnancies, 67 had suffered from bulimia six months before their pregnancy, while 26 had developed bulimia after becoming pregnant. The women with bulimia reported lower self-esteem and less satisfaction with life and their relationship with their partner and also had a higher prevalence of symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Women with bulimia reported a higher prevalence of life-long physical abuse, sexual abuse and major depression compared to other women.
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