By Ani C. Keshishian
2nd Year Graduate Student
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life as we know it and has had an enormous toll on mental health. Stresses related to the pandemic and increased isolation have led to a rise in depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. Eating disorders are also on the rise. In 2020, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) reported a 70% increase in calls and inquiries compared to 2019. Studies show that many with eating disorders are experiencing a worsening in symptoms. There are several factors that have contributed to the increase in and worsening of eating disorders. Pandemic related stressors leave many struggling to cope. Don’t despair! There are small things you can do to make sure you stay on track with eating disorder recovery! Here are steps you can take to maintain your mental health and manage your eating disorder.
It is undeniable that COVID-19 has changed our way of life. But it is important to remember that this is temporary. This too shall pass!