Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Eating Disorders

Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Eating Disorders

Using the electronic health records of over 5 million people aged under 30, researchers from the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre found that eating disorders were diagnosed significantly more commonly in 2020 than in previous years, with the rate increasing steadily throughout the year.

Dr Max Taquet, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and lead author of the study, said:

‘These large-scale data confirm the concern of clinicians that eating disorders have become more common during the pandemic.’

Professor Paul Harrison, who supervised the research, said:

‘Although the data are mostly from the USA, we assume the findings are similar in the UK. We now need research to understand the reasons for the increase, and to monitor the trends as the pandemic continues.’

To read the full study, Incidence and outcomes of eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 3 August 2021