Eating Disorders in Youth Rose During COVID — But the Signs Aren’t What Parents Might Expect

A peer-reviewed study out of the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that eating disorder diagnoses increased 15% in 2020 among people under 30 compared to previous years. Researchers believe the increase is due to disruptions in daily living brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, among other factors. University of Virginia pediatrician Dr. Julia F. Taylor and UVA psychotherapist Sara Groff Stephens described three groups of young people who are often overlooked when it comes to eating disorders in a piece written for The Conversation and reposted below.

Taylor and Stephens specialize in treating eating disorders in teens and young adults. They write that they have seen an increased demand for eating disorder services in their own clinic over the past year-and-a-half. Here’s what they had to say in The Conversation. 

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