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Your Healthy Family: Rise in eating disorders in kids lingers after pandemic

January 2, 2023
Fox4 Southwest Florida
This piece focuses on the rise in eating disorders in children and teens after the pandemic, and features Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar and ERC alum Katie Kittredge.

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The rise in eating disorders we saw in kids early in the pandemic isn’t going down like doctors hoped it would.

“I didn't know how to get out of the hole I had dug," Katie Kittredge, who is recovering from an eating disorder, said.

She's spent spent the last several years on a journey to get well. She’s now in college, but developed an eating disorder when she started high school.

“It wasn't this intentional, 'Oh, I'm going out right now to try and starve myself' or anything like that. It was truly 'I feel out of control. And the only place I feel like I can control right now is food.'” Kittredge said.

Her parents helped her get treatment, and after two in-patient stays, she was in recovery. Then the pandemic hit.


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