Eating disorders surge among teens in lockdown: study

The triggers include disruption to routines and boredom, Australian researchers say 

The number of adolescents presenting with anorexia nervosa to a major children’s hospital rose by two-thirds during last year’s tough COVID-19 lockdowns in Melbourne, researchers have found.  

They conducted a four-year chart review of all 457 patients who attended the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) eating disorder service in Melbourne between 2017 and 2020.

Data showed anorexia presentations to the service – which uses a standard triage method year-on-year - jumped from an average of 98.7 per annum in 2017-2019 to 161