Study: Coronavirus isolation worsens eating disorders

Created: September 09, 2020 03:21 PM

(WSAV)  Eating disorders thrive on secrecy, and pandemic shelter-in-place orders have provided just that for millions.

"Suddenly everyone was in isolation, having to change their routine, or having a lack of routine and structure," says licensed professional counselor Lisa Clark.


According to a new study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, many suffering from anorexia have been restricting their eating more during the pandemic. Others with bulimia and binge-eating disorder are doing just the opposite.

"With the pandemic, people were panicking and going to the grocery store. They were afraid things were going to close down," Clark says. "So now instead of following their normal routine and structure, they have access to food all the time."

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