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Isolation could trigger those with eating disorders

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Posted at 6:11 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 12:12:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Maintaining your mental health can be difficult during a stay-at-home order. Doctors reported that people with eating disorders are being especially triggered for relapse while at home.

The National Eating Disorders Association says addiction thrives in isolation.

That’s why it’s so important to check on those you love. Irregular eating can be a coping mechanism for other mental health issues.

"You add to that the stress, anxiety, the collective trauma we're all going through right now, and that's really a recipe for disordered eating behaviors,” Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association said.

While spending time on social media can be a way for some people to feel connected to others, it could be a trigger for those with eating disorders. Examples of that include people posting jokes about gaining too much weight during quarantine and others are pushing exercise.

"I think people are so used to that default of commiserating over fear of weight gain that we don't think about how harmful that can be," Mysko added.

NEDA is launching more virtual resources, like daily videos.

If you or someone you know needs to speak to a counselor, call the Metro Crisis Center at ‪615-244-7444.‬

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