Treating Eating Disorders During a Pandemic and Beyond
Op-Ed By Dr. Stuart Koman
March 1, 2021
For most of this year, COVID-19 has sequestered us in our homes, behind our computer screens, and into unfamiliar routines. It’s been a challenging time for everyone, but for people with eating disorders, it’s been a fertile ground for disordered thoughts and behaviors to reemerge or worsen. That’s because eating disorders thrive in isolation.
Between March and September, the National Eating Disorders Association’s helpline saw a 94 percent increase in calls and messages compared to the same time last year. People are facing a litany of triggers, including disruption to daily routines, a fracturing of support systems, and a deluge of social media posts about food, pandemic weight gain (Quarantine-15), and workout routines.