How to identify if someone has an eating disorder in your environment

How to identify if someone has an eating disorder in your environment

  • Eva León-Zarceño, María José Quiles Sebastián and Yolanda Quiles Marcos
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Eating disorders increased sharply with the pandemic.

“It all started in lockdown.” This is the phrase that has been heard most frequently during the last two years in the first interviews of young people who have requested help to treat their eating disorder.

Covid-19 has had a strong impact on the mental health of the population.

Social distancing, isolation, quarantine, economic problems and general uncertainty are among the main variables that have contributed to a general increase in sadness, fear, frustration, feelings of helplessness, loneliness and anxiety.

These factors have generated an ideal breeding ground for the development of eating behavior disorders (EDs).