Bulimia: Usually associated with teenage girls now it"s afflicting women in mid-life

It”s usually associated with teenage girls but bulimia is also afflicting women overwhelmed by the pressures of modern family life

11:33 PM on 21st September 2011

Coping: Anne, left, and Kirsty developed eating disorders in their thirties. They have both recovered with the help of therapy Coping: Anne, left, and Kirsty developed eating disorders in their thirties. They have both recovered with the help of therapy

Coping: Anne, left, and Kirsty developed eating disorders in their thirties. They have both recovered with the help of therapy

Demands: Sue Johnston, who developed bulimia after gaining her role in Brookside, says older women feel pressure to look younger

Demands: Sue Johnston, who developed bulimia after gaining her role in Brookside, says older women feel pressure to look younger

Guilty pleasure: Bulimics gorge on food in secret which they then throw up (posed by models)

Guilty pleasure: Bulimics gorge on food in secret which they then throw up (posed by model)

Lifestyle crisis: Many women feel restricting their diet is the only way to gain control of their stressful lives

Lifestyle crisis: Many women feel restricting their diet is the only way to gain control of their stressful lives