Study: Eating Disorders Increased During Pandemic

Significant increase in number of teens and young adults getting treatment for eating disorders during first year of pandemic

  • A new study by JAMA Pediatrics found that significantly more teens and young adults sought treatment for eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, during the first year of the pandemic.
  • From April 2020 to April 2021, there was an increase each month in the number of adolescent and young adult admissions for eating disorder treatment.
  • The researchers noted that changes that occurred during the pandemic, such as changes in routines or inconsistent access to food, could have triggered symptoms in those battling eating disorders.