NEW YORK CITY — COVID-19 has led to a surge in another health problem — eating disorders.
The National Eating Disorders Association says the number of calls for help and online chats has shot up since the start of the pandemic as much as 78 percent over last year in some months.
Experts blame extended quarantines, noting that eating disorders thrive in isolation. Some helpful tips to overcome eating disorders include making sure you have a support system and FaceTiming or video chatting with someone at mealtimes.
Social media consumption can play a role in eating disorders so it might help to unfollow accounts that make you feel anxious and instead follow those that keep the focus on self-care.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline can be reached at 1-800-931-223 or you can text “NEDA” to 741-741.