You might think of anorexia and bulimia as adolescent disorders, but it's a
problem plaguing adults, too. Anorexia, in which people have an intense fear of
gaining weight and drastically restrict their food intake, cuts across ethnic
and socioeconomic boundaries. But it strikes mostly women: About 90% of those
with the condition are female, and about 20% of women still struggle with it
into their 30s and beyond.
While there's no hard data on how many adult women have symptoms of