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How the pandemic is fueling eating disorders in young people

Isolation, lack of structure, and heightened anxiety are three possible triggers for the increase in eating disorders. 

(William A. Haseltine/ Forbes) — “I just needed more control” Anne, a college student from Massachusetts, took a deep breath as she recounted her experiences with disordered eating during the pandemic.

Anne had been aware of her struggles with food for much of her life, but it wasn’t until the pandemic hit that she started to feel completely out of control, “… I was acutely aware that I wasn’t moving (exercising) as much… I needed to compensate.”

While she has since been able to receive treatment for her eating disorder, Anne’s case represents a surge of young people who have struggled with new or relapsed eating disorders since the beginning of the pandemic. Many of these young people are still struggling without access to treatment. (…)

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