In March and April, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) saw a 78% increase in messages sent to its helpline compared with the same period last year.
Dr. John Morton, medical director of bariatric surgery for Yale New Haven Health System, says he’s seeing patients via telehealth who have gained up to 30 pounds recently. He says it can happen within months.
In addition to a confidential and toll-free helpline, NEDA has created a list of free or low-cost resources related to eating disorders: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/covid-19-resources-page.
COVID Isolation, Anxiety ‘Really Reinforce’ Eating Disorders
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Citation: Judi Kanne. COVID Isolation, Anxiety ‘Really Reinforce’ Eating Disorders – Medscape – Aug 13, 2020.
The article focuses mainly on anorexia and bulemia but the quote from Dr. Morton caught my eye. A 30 pound weight gain in a few months is pretty substantial. I start to panic after a pound or two. But if you lose 200 pounds and keep it off you tend to overreact if the scale shows your weight creeping up.
My pandemic weight journey (so far) has been about taking a few of those stubborn pounds off. I started the year at 192. This morning I was 179. There has to be more happy weight loss stories out there. The article also didn’t mention anything on Orthorexia Nervosa. I worry about those people too.