Eating disorders are thriving as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its sixth month of reshaping American life.
Hotline calls to the National Eating Disorders Association are up 70-80% in recent months, according to a Tuesday report by NPR.
For many Americans, eating is tied to stress, anxiety and other disorders. Often an emotional coping mechanism, it can be triggered by food scarcity and stockpiling behavior.
PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS REPORTING DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS TRIPLES DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC; STUDY SHOWS
In July, an International Journal of Eating Disorders survey of 1,000 participants found that 62% of people in the U.S. with anorexia nervosa — a disorder characterized by extremely limited eating and abnormally low weight — experienced a worsening of symptoms as the pandemic hit.
Almost a third of Americans with the more common bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorders reported an increase in episodes.
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