Locked down and triggered
With the combined stresses of lockdown, lack of routine, and isolation, certain feelings that we used to either suppress or deal with in our normal day-to-day lives are once again making their names known. Over the past year, there has been an evident increase in the demand for support surrounding eating disorders and it’s safe to say that disordered eating and COVID-19 are walking hand in hand. The compounding feelings of loneliness, stress, and hopelessness are presenting a difficult battle to both those with a history of eating disorders as well as individuals who may be experiencing the symptoms for the first time. We were joined by Danni Rowlands, the prevention services manager from the Butterfly Foundation, to discuss this link between COVID-19 lockdowns and eating disorders.