Has Struggled With Weight Issues For Years

Situation Summary

A woman in her fifties calls “Ask an Expert,” because she has gone back to some of the eating behavior she followed in the past, when she was struggling with an eating disorder. She wants to know whether this is to be expected, and at what point she should be concerned and seek treatment.

Questions in Need of Answers

I thought this way of thinking was a part of my past. Does it ever go away?

Why, at this point in my life, am I thinking a lot about food again and using some behaviors?

Does this happen to other people, and if so, is there a way to engage them for support?

It’s been a long time since I engaged the mental health system. If I need additional support, how do I find a good therapist?