Eating disorders are spiking during the pandemic

By Dr. Karen Trollope, Chief Clinical Officer, Body Brave

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a serious public health crisis for people with eating disorders. In a recent article published by The Canadian Press (Jan 20, 2021), specialists from across Canada sounded the alarm about a dramatic increase in the number of adolescents seeking treatment. Many of these young people are very ill, at risk for dangerous medical complications of their eating disorder.”

“We need to strengthen community-based care, a key part of early intervention for eating disorders. Recently, the Australian government committed over $110 million for community-based care for eating disorders. But in Canada, most government funding for eating disorders goes into hospital-based treatment, which is expensive and inaccessible for most people. Canada is failing people with eating disorders.”