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Study shows COVID-19 has wide-ranging effects on eating disorder concerns

April 17, 2021
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Dr. Stephanie Setliff and alumna Katie Kittredge talk to Spectrum News about how the pandemic has affected those in recovery from eating disorders.

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More than 30 million people in the U.S. have eating disorders, and for many COVID-19 has been a nightmare for them or for those in recovery.

A recent study from the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that symptoms worsened across the board for people with anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorders nationwide since the pandemic began. Among respondents, 62% of people with anorexia have experienced more severe restriction and food fear during the pandemic, while 30% of those with bulimia and binge-eating disorder reported experiencing more binge-eating episodes, and a greater urge to binge.


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