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Pandemic linked to 6 unhealthy eating behaviours

The disruptions to daily life associated with the ongoing pandemic may have significant negative consequences for the risk of eating disorders and symptoms. Photo: Pexels

(Dave Yasvinski/ Healthing) — The sustained stress of the pandemic has been linked to six unhealthy eating behaviours, including an unsettling increase in eating disorders, according to a new study.

The research, conducted at the University of Minnesota Medical School and published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, sought to shine a light on the role stress, psychological distress, food insecurity and financial hardship have had on the eating habits of people forced into isolation for vast periods of time.

The study found six key themes connected to changes in the way people consume food: Mindless eating and snacking; increased food consumption; generalized decrease in appetite or dietary intake; eating to cope; pandemic-related reductions in dietary intake; and a re-emergence or marked increase in eating disorder symptoms. (…)

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