Eat's tough

Eating disorders are on the rise as pandemic-related stress leads to new cases and worsens existing patients' conditions, say experts

Higher levels of close supervision by family members at home during the pandemic had caused more anxiety and tension during meals for some patients who were already struggling with eating disorders.
Higher levels of close supervision by family members at home during the pandemic had caused more anxiety and tension during meals for some patients who were already struggling with eating disorders.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

Eating disorder cases here have gone up during the pandemic, amid increased stress and anxiety from the disruptions of routines.

The Singapore General Hospital (SGH), which has a well-established multi-disciplinary team that treats eating disorder cases, saw a 15 per cent increase in such cases last year from previous years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2021, with the headline 'Eat's tough'. Subscribe