Eating disorders on the rise during the Covid Pandemic




At least 1.25 million people in the UK are affected by eating disorders and the latest data coming out is confirming that eating disorders have increased during the pandemic. Partly due to the Anti-obesity messages resulting from the Covid crisis as reported in The Daily Telegraph on 1st March during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.


During the pandemic many people’s buying habits changed, buying things that last longer, like pasta, biscuits and cereal, which can be trigger foods for people who have Binge Eating Disorder or Bulimia. At the very start of the pandemic there was a palpable fear of there not being enough food for everyone, and certain staples regularly ran out, like eggs from some shops fuelling the anxiety.


All of this coupled with the focus on health and fitness, increasing one’s exercise, pressure from social media posts, the message to lose weight, have added fuel to the fire. Along with the uncertainty of the pandemic itself and the impact it has had on the lives of millions of people in the UK, and worldwide.


I know for myself I felt that fear, particularly at the start of the lockdown when there was so much uncertainty and having been through my own journey with a disordered relationship to food, my foundation felt a bit wobbly at times.


If you are suffering from an eating disorder or know someone who might be then know there are always people who can help. It is also good to know and hear about those people who have fully recovered, to know it is possible. There is more information about eating disorders on my website – have a look at the ‘Food & Freedom’ page or contact me on 07884 101164, email info@beinharmony.co.uk, or use the Contact Us form. Although it can feel a very lonely place to be, you are not alone, there is help.


There are also some really good website resources to get help from:


www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk

www.nhs.uk

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

www.wednesdayschild.co.uk


Wishing you freedom with food.


With warm wishes,

Carla

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