Eating disorders, do they have anything to do with the pandemic? Eating disorders, do they have anything to do with the pandemic?

The answer is yes. Factors such as stress and anxiety have been instrumental in the increase or worsening of cases, say specialists.

Cases of eating disorders (such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating) have also become more complicated in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, says psychologist Irene Alonso Vaquerizo for the EFE Salud website.

This is precisely due to an increase in feelings such as stress, anguish, uncertainty, and anxiety: “the pandemic has been an unprecedented driver of anxiety.” Likewise, during these months of quarantine and compulsory isolation, food, exercise, and weight have been given great importance.

Psychologist Alonso Vaquerizo names some risk factors for this type of disorders, such as the tendency to self-demand, self-control, and self-criticize, as well as having low self-esteem and very strict family environments. The specialist states that it is more frequent in women, nine out of ten cases, so it is necessary to pay special attention to teens and girls.

In terms of treatment and prevention, it is essential to seek professional medical care, promote a value system where weight and physical appearance are not the main focus, stop associating thinness with success, and encourage diversity.

 

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