On Friday night, ABC newsmagazine 20/20 profiled 47-year-old Sue Harootunian, a 47-year-old mom of three who, like an increasing number of women, began succumbing to a long-dormant eating disorder well into adulthood (at her lowest, she carried a mere 80 pounds on her 5-foot, 4-inch frame.) According to 20/20, women over the age of 35 are falling victim to eating disorders like never before (20% of the patients at the rehab center in which Sue got well were over 35). The reasons are many, but if the stories of women like Sue and Meg Cramer โ€” Cramer's husband penned a piece in the new Glamour about his wife's illness and how he "simulated" anorexia for a week in order to understand her illness better โ€” are any indication, emotionally-empty, passionless marriages are a large part of the problem. But what no one really talks about? How a mother's eating disorder affects her children, particularly her daughters. A clip of Sue and her doctor, above.

Letting Go Of An Eating Disorder In Midlife [ABC News]
Conquering An Eating Disorder [ABC News]
Anorexia Nearly Killed My Wife [Glamour]

Related: Anorexia: "I Hit Five Stone And Could Not Go On" [Telegraph]
Dangerous Extremes, Eating Disorders Killing Thousands Of Middle-Aged Women Each Year [CBS News]