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Eating Disorders in the time of COVID-19 outbreak - Implications for now and the future

Edited by: Hubert Lacey, Phillipa Hay and Stephen Touyz


New Content ItemAll of us have been stunned by the impact of this viral pandemic. Whilst the focus has of course been on the public health needs to contain its spread and care for individuals with acute infection and the most vulnerable, only now are the wider impacts on people’s mental health being thought about. In this regard, people with Eating Disorders may be particularly vulnerable, because of their frequently compromised physical health, as well as problematic relationships with food in a time of food insecurity and panic buying, and often impoverished social and interpersonal lives in a time of severe “social distancing’. 
In this thematic series in Journal of Eating disorders, we put together papers informing on all aspects of the impacts that this global crisis may have, or is having, on people living with an eating disorder, their health and treatment, and the wider research community. This includes consequences for research programs and research governance such as  peer review. We encourage papers reporting case histories and novel solutions to care where face to face contact is curtailed.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process.

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic has had detrimental effects on mental health. Literature on the impact on individuals with eating disorders is slowly emerging. While outpatient eating disorder services in Canada have at...

    Authors: Jennifer Couturier, Danielle Pellegrini, Catherine Miller, Neera Bhatnagar, Ahmed Boachie, Kerry Bourret, Melissa Brouwers, Jennifer S. Coelho, Gina Dimitropoulos, Sheri Findlay, Catherine Ford, Josie Geller, Seena Grewal, Joanne Gusella, Leanna Isserlin, Monique Jericho…

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:46

    Content type: Guideline

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  2. Studies investigating patients’ perspectives towards an abrupt transition from face-to-face to online treatment in eating disorders (EDs) are scarce. The current study aimed to (1) conduct a preliminary assess...

    Authors: Yael Doreen Lewis, Roni Elran-Barak, Rinat Grundman-Shem Tov and Eynat Zubery

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:31

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Since COVID-19 is a global health emergency, there is an urgent need to share experiences on decision-making with regard to safety recommendations and for hypotheses that can inform a more focused prevention a...

    Authors: Mladena Simeunovic Ostojic, Joyce Maas and Nynke M. G. Bodde

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:15

    Content type: Commentary

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  4. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 as a global pandemic on the 11th March 2020. As a result, the UK Government imposed severe restrictions on working and social contact as part of ...

    Authors: Hannah Shaw, Sarah Robertson and Nadia Ranceva

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:14

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought disruption to everyday life and services, and emerging evidence suggests that those with eating disorders (EDs) are likely to experience marked distress and exacerbation of th...

    Authors: L. Vuillier, L. May, M. Greville-Harris, R. Surman and R. L. Moseley

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:10

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Only one in four people with eating disorders seeks treatment, and of those who do seek treatment, 20% go on to experience a chronic course. Early intervention has been associated with better prognosis, with t...

    Authors: Emma Bryant, Jane Miskovic-Wheatley, Stephen Touyz, Ross D. Crosby, Eyza Koreshe, Li Cao and Sarah Maguire

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:60

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. Lockdown implemented to prevent the COVID-19 spread resulted in marked changes in the lifestyle. The objective of the current study was to assess the impact of lockdown measures on a cohort of eating disorder ...

    Authors: Paulo P. P. Machado, Ana Pinto-Bastos, Rita Ramos, Tânia F. Rodrigues, Elsa Louro, Sónia Gonçalves, Isabel Brandão and Ana Vaz

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:57

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Family-based treatment (FBT) is an efficacious outpatient intervention for young people diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa (AN). To date, treatment to protocol has relied on standard face-to-face delivery. Face-t...

    Authors: A. Hambleton, D. Le Grange, J. Miskovic-Wheatley, S. Touyz, M. Cunich and S. Maguire

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:50

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may raise unique challenges for individuals with experience of eating disorders. Many factors have potential for detrimental impacts on psychological wellbeing ...

    Authors: Dawn Branley-Bell and Catherine V. Talbot

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:44

    Content type: Research article

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  10. This reflective piece, written by a woman with an eating disorder aims to identify the impact of COVID-19 on persons living with eating disorders and provide a social justice approach as a resolution. The auth...

    Authors: Margaret Janse van Rensburg

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:26

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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