THE GROWING TREND OF EATING DISORDERS AMONG OLDER WOMEN
-- MANY OF THEM MOMS -- AND AN INTIMATE LOOK AT ONE WOMAN'S STRUGGLE
TO OVERCOME ANOREXIA, ON ABC NEWS' "20/20," FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
A Mayor's Racy Photos on MySpace Page Stirs Up Controversy;
Safety on Planes;
All Inclusive Resorts
At age 47, Sue Harootunian doesn't look like the stereotypical person struggling with anorexia, an eating disorder most often associated with teenage girls. But the married mother of three has withered away to 80 pounds after battling anorexia for more than two decades. In recent years, experts have warned of a raging epidemic of eating disorders among older women, many of them mothers. Treatment centers across the country report that adult women are seeking help in record numbers. For more than a year, "20/20" and ABC News' medical editor Dr. Tim Johnson chronicled Harootunian's desperate fight to overcome anorexia. Granted rare and intimate access, our cameras followed her inside the Renfrew Center, an elite treatment facility in Philadelphia where more than 20 percent of the patients are over 35. How has she managed to live with her eating disorder for so many years? What issues about food and family contributed to it, and how was she finally able to come to terms with them? And how has her life changed as a result? The report airs on "20/20," FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
And: Racy photos of the mayor of Arlington, Oregon discovered on her MySpace page have caused quite a controversy among many of the 500 residents in the small town. In her first television interview, Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist is asked by ABC News' Chris Connelly about the photos in which she was scantily clad, as well as about the response from her constituents, many of whom asked for her to resign
Plus: Safety on planes� many people believe the back of the plane is the safest place if there is a crash. But is that true? John Stossel reports.
Also: When you pay top dollar for a resort, how much is really included? Chris Connelly reports.
"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.