A new study revealed a link between the Corona pandemic and the “eating strikes” that kills nearly 10,200 people. Every year, that’s about one person every 52 minutes.
The study, published by Euric Alert, was conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School. And the American College of Public Health, and they stated that “the most worrying consequences of the pandemic. They indicate a slight increase or re-emergence of an eating disorder.
The researcher, “Melissa Simon” from U of M University’s School of Medicine, collaborated. With School of Public Health Professor and Head of Epidemiology and Community Health Diane Steiner preparing the study between April and May 2020.
Simon said, “The Corona pandemic has led to public health policies being followed to limit transmission of the virus. While this is necessary, the disruptions in daily life associated with the ongoing epidemic may have significant negative consequences for eating disorders.
“Eating disorders cause one of the highest mortality rates,” said Simon, who is the lead author of the study. It is important to link the consequences of the epidemic to disruptive eating behaviors.
The study aimed to “understand the possible links between stress and psychological distress.” And financial difficulties and changes in eating behaviors during the Corona pandemic, ”according to Al-Hurra Channel.
Simon’s findings showed 6 major themes for changing eating behavior, which are reckless eating, snacking, increased food consumption, decreased appetite, diets, overeating, and increased eating disorders.
About 8% of those surveyed reported severely unhealthy weight-control behaviors, while 53% reported less severe unhealthy behaviors, and 14% reported that they overeat.
The study revealed that these results were significantly associated with “poor, stress management.” Symptoms of depression, moderate or severe financial difficulty.
“There was a lot of focus on obesity and its relationship to the Corona pandemic, and it is also important to focus on the large number of people who have had an eating disorder,” Steiner said.
In turn, Simon explained, “The economic consequences of the Corona epidemic are likely to last for a long time after the vaccines are distributed. And because our results indicate that the financial difficulties are moderate or severe. It may be related to disordered food behaviors, so it is imperative that treatments be affordable. ”