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Has your child developed a lockdown eating disorder?

More and more young people are presenting with complex disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. The experts explain how to spot the signs and what parents can do to support their child’s recovery

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Dr Kielty Oberlin, Counselling Psychologist and Eating Disorder Treatment Specialist. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Dr Kielty Oberlin, Counselling Psychologist and Eating Disorder Treatment Specialist. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

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Last year saw a dramatic increase in the number of children presenting with eating disorders (ED). Up to four times as many young people presented at the children’s hospital in Crumlin with ED in 2020, compared to 2019. There has been a 40pc increase across Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services and admissions for eating disorders in the Galway region rose from two to nine cases after February 2020.

Bodywhys, The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland, has seen a 350pc increase in website traffic and 133 users accessed its online support groups in 2020, compared to just 57 the previous year.


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