Editorial Perspective: A perfect storm – how and why eating disorders in young people have thrived in lockdown and what is happening to address it

Bringing you some selected Open Access journal papers from our portfolio; The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP), Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal (CAMH), and JCPP Advances.

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Open Access paper from the JCPP

Abstract – The number of children and young people referred to community eating disorders services escalated dramatically shortly after onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many presented with medical instability following restrictive eating and needed acute hospitalisation to correct malnutrition. In addition to the many risk factors for mental health problems that young people have been subjected to since onset of the pandemic, the question for eating disorders researchers, practitioners and policy makers is how, for so many, did it become about eating. In this editorial, some of the factors that may explain how eating, weight, shape and body image may have taken centre stage in young people’s lives are explored. Finally, some clinical service adaptations and gaps, policy considerations, and research priorities are outlined.

Author; Dasha Nicholls

First published: 28 July 2022


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Read Dasha’s blog – Developments in Eating Disorders Research “As everyone’s thoughts are dominated by the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing, it seems pertinent to start by thinking how people with or at risk of eating disorders may have been affected. Research suggests that the impacts differ according to the type of eating disorder concerns and behaviours.”

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