|May 28, 2021
Associated Press: COVID Fueled Eating Disorder Surge in Teens, Adults
According to a Modern Healthcare reprint of an Associated Press article, “the pandemic created treacherous conditions for eating disorders, leading to a surge of new cases and relapses that is not abating as restrictions are loosened and COVID-19 cases subside in many places, doctors and other specialists say.”
An analysis of electronic medical records data from about 80 U.S. hospitals found a 30% increase starting after March 2020, compared with data from the previous two years. There were 1,718 admissions for girls aged 12 to 18 through February, but no increase among boys.
The analysis was published in April in the Epic Health Research Network journal.
Key points in the article:
· The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, which started offering virtual therapist-led support groups for adults during the pandemic, has also seen a surge. Since January more than 7,000 people from every state and 32 countries have attended their support groups, said alliance CEO Johanna Kandel.
· Hospitalizations are also up among teen girls with severe complications from eating disorders, mostly anorexia.
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