We understand that an eating disorder is unique to each child and every family. We believe in order to regain full health, you must not only recover physically, but emotionally as well. We also know that recovery never really ends, so we partner with you to help prevent future eating problems and health concerns. Penn State Health offers comprehensive for children, teens and adults with eating disorders, including.
Anorexia nervosa , often referred to simply as anorexia ,  is an eating disorder , characterized by low weight , food restriction , fear of gaining weight and a strong desire to be thin. The cause is currently unknown. Treatment of anorexia involves restoring a healthy weight, treating the underlying psychological problems and addressing behaviors that promote the problem. Globally, anorexia is estimated to affect 2. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by attempts to lose weight, to the point of starvation. A person with anorexia nervosa may exhibit a number of signs and symptoms, the type and severity of which may vary and may be present but not readily apparent.
Humans are instilled with a survival instinct. Our bodies are made to survive — we instinctually breathe, blink, sneeze, and even jump from the path of moving vehicles. This fact makes anorexia perplexing to many.
Individuals with eating disorders EDs are at significant risk for increases in symptomatology and diminished treatment access during the COVID pandemic. Environmental precautions to limit coronavirus spread have affected food availability and access to healthy coping mechanisms, and have contributed to weight-stigmatizing social media messages that may be uniquely harmful to those experiencing EDs. Additionally, changes in socialization and routine, stress, and experiences of trauma that are being experienced globally may be particularly deleterious to ED risk and recovery. This paper presents a brief review of the pertinent literature related to the risk of EDs in the context of COVID and offers suggestions for modifying intervention efforts to accommodate the unique challenges individuals with EDs and providers may be experiencing in light of the ongoing public health crisis. Abstract Individuals with eating disorders EDs are at significant risk for increases in symptomatology and diminished treatment access during the COVID pandemic.