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Fox 4: Eating disorders thriving in pandemic. Here are red flags to look for

By Pat McGonigle

Experts say calls to the hotline for the National Eating Disorders Association are up 70-80% in recent weeks. And doctors on the frontlines here in Kansas City say they have noticed a surge of concerning behaviors.

“We do see, absolutely, at Children’s Mercy Hospital, an increase in families reaching out, seeing problematic behaviors,” said Dr. Kathryn Pieper, a clinical psychologist who treats eating disorders. “Weight loss or extreme exercising, things like that, that are causing concern, in their children and teens.”

Pieper said the isolation and chaos, caused by the quarantine, can be a significant health hazard for someone living with an eating disorder.

Pieper said warning signs can include a new rigid exercise routine, along with noticeably changed eating habits.

While they can be serious and even potentially lethal, eating disorders are treatable.

Children’s Mercy has an eating disorders hotline, which can be reached at 913-696-5070.


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