More Adolescents Are Being Hospitalized During COVID-19 Due to Eating Disorders

A new study suggests that the number of teenagers who have been admitted to the hospital for serious illnesses caused by eating disorders has substantially grown during the coronavirus pandemic period. The research, which was published in the “Pediatrics” journal, found that in one hospital, admissions among adolescents who suffer from eating disorders had doubled during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The center, Michigan Medicine, stated that while admissions linked to eating disorders in the years 2017 to 2019 averaged about 55 individuals annually, the center had recorded more than 120 hospitalizations in the pandemic’s first year, with all patients aged between 10 and 23.

Alana Otto, an adolescent medicine physician at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital who is also the lead author of the study, stated that the team’s results highlight how the pandemic has affected young people who experienced social isolation and cancelled extracurricular activities, in addition to school closures. Otto notes that these disruptions may have triggered or worsened symptoms for teenagers at risk of eating disorders or those with eating disorders.

The researcher adds that their data only represents a small percentage of adolescents afflicted by eating disorders and were impacted by the pandemic as they only included teenagers who were hospitalized due to serious illness.

Otto explained that the research proposed that the adverse effects of this pandemic on mental well-being could be intense for young people having eating disorders. The research also suggests that during the first year of the pandemic, the admission rate at the hospital increased steadily, with the highest rate being recorded between nine and twelve months after the pandemic’s onset.

Social influences, psychological factors and genetics have all been associated with the development of eating disorders. Teenagers with depressive symptoms or low self-esteem are known to be more susceptible to these disorders.

Otto explained that a stressful occurrence, such as the pandemic, could cause symptoms of these disorders to develop in young individuals who are already at risk of developing eating disorders. The changes to their daily lives that were brought about by the pandemic could also disrupt routines associated with exercise and eating, leading to the development of unhealthy eating behaviors among adolescents who are already at risk.

The researchers advise providers who care for teens and adolescents to monitor patients for symptoms and signs of an eating disorder as well as be aware of these risks. The common eating disorders include bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. Symptoms include purging to lose weight, exercising excessively or dietary restrictions.

Otto noted that admissions would probably decrease once teenagers were able to go back to school and engage with their friends and in activities they found meaningful.

Additionally, a new class of psychedelics-based medicines being advanced by companies such as Tryp Therapeutics Inc. (CSE: TRYP) (OTCQB: TRYPF) is designed to combat eating disorders right from their neurological source, which may provide lasting relief to patients.

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to Tryp Therapeutics Inc. (CSE: TRYP) (OTCQB: TRYPF) available in the company’s newsroom at https://ibn.fm/TRYPF

About PsychedelicNewsWire

PsychedelicNewsWire (PNW) is a specialized content distribution company that (1) aggregates and distributes news and information on the latest developments in all aspects and advances of psychedelics and their use, (2) creates PsychedelicNewsBreaks designed to quickly update investors on important industry news, (3) leverages a team of expert editors to enhance press releases for maximum impact, (4) assists companies with the management and optimization of social media across a range of platforms, and (5) delivers unparalleled corporate communication solutions. PNW stays abreast of the latest information and has established a reputation as the go to source for coverage of psychedelics, therapeutics and emerging market opportunities. Our team of seasoned journalists has a proven track record of helping both public and private companies gain traction with a wide audience of investors, consumers, media outlets and the general public by leveraging our expansive dissemination network of more than 5,000 key syndication outlets. PNW is committed to delivering improved visibility and brand recognition to companies operating in the emerging markets of psychedelics.

To receive instant SMS alerts, text “Groovy” to 21000 (U.S. Mobile Phones Only)

For more information please visit https://www.PsychedelicNewsWire.com

Please see full terms of use and disclaimers on the PsychedelicNewsWire website applicable to all content provided by PNW, wherever published or re-published: https://www.PsychedelicNewsWire.com/Disclaimer

Do you have questions or are you interested in working with PNW? Ask our Editor

PsychedelicNewsWire (PNW)
San Francisco, California
www.PsychedelicNewsWire.com
415.949.5050 Office
Editor@PsychedelicWire.com

PsychedelicNewsWire is part of the InvestorBrandNetwork.

Archives

Select A Month

PsychedelicNewsWire Currently Accepts

Bitcoin

Bitcoin

Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Cash

Doge Coin

Dogecoin

Ethereum

Ethereum

Litecoin

Litecoin

USD Coin

USD Coin

Contact us: 415.949.5050