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Has COVID-19 Triggered Your Eating Disorder?

COVID-19 has triggered all types of intense feelings in most people: stress, anxiety and depression are frequently spoken of, but what we do not often hear about is the impact that this challenging time has had on those living with an eating disorder.

An eating disorder does not necessarily have to be textbook anorexia nervosa or bulimia. Any unhealthy, maladaptive ways people consume or choose not to consume nutrients can be considered disordered eating. COVID-19 has kicked up a host of feelings that can lead to people’s eating disorders flaring up.

This can look like overeating or binging, under eating and avoiding meals,  or a mix of both. Throw in the lack of physical activity due to quarantining with all fitness studios/gyms being closed and you’ve got yourself a perfect storm.  

All types of disordered eating share negative thought patterns and can lead to weight gain or loss stemming from the behaviors linked to the root cause of the disordered eating: often depression and anxiety.

What are some ways those struggling with disordered eating can do to cope?

Try to reduce the amount of time you spend isolating and reach out to others for support.  

Create a structured schedule. Creating a schedule and routine help build better habits. 

Practice self-care. Don’t forget to do the things that make you happy. 

Consult a nutritionist to help keep you on track with healthy eating. 

Book an appointment with one of our amazing therapists at Refresh Psychotherapy.

Refresh Psychotherapy is here for you and so is the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) hotline: (800)931-2237