COVID-19 and Eating Disorders: COVID-19 has made eating disorders and mental health problems worse.
As the coronavirus pandemic has spread, a growing number of people have been negatively affected by their response to the virus.
One such group is those with eating disorders.
Recent studies show many with conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder experienced a worsening of symptoms as well as increased anxiety in the early stages of the outbreak.
It’s too early to state conclusively the reasons for this, but it’s clear the pandemic and subsequent containment measures have disrupted everyday activities and changed routines. This may have left people feeling out of control, which can influence eating behaviour.
On top of this, the stress of living in the shadow of a life-threatening virus and even greater barriers to accessing treatment may have resulted in a greater focus on weight and shape. This in turn may have brought about changes in eating behaviour, such as “stockpiling” certain foods or using food for emotional comfort.
Given these challenges, this article is going to focus on how to support people who are struggling with their eating and mental health. These are some practical steps that anyone can take to mitigate the effects of the recent upheaval, which can be considered in addition to formal interventions provided by healthcare professionals.
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