Hospitals and GPs report a surge in eating disorders

3 Sep, 2020

InsideOut's Research Lead Dr Jane Miskovic-Wheatley speaks to the Sydney Morning Herald about how Covid-19 related lockdown restrictions and government guidelines can impact people with eating disorders.

She says that repeated health messaging from the government urging people to exercise can trigger people who experience a compulsive need to do a certain amount of exercise a day, a condition often closely related to eating disorders.

“We’re trying to work with them to feel comfortable if they don’t run 10 kilometres a day,” she said.

“But the biggest thing has been the social isolation. There has been so much disruption to routines.”

The article encourages those feeling negative emotions about their body or experiencing a difficult relationship with food to seek help.