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Title: Eating and exercise behaviors in eating disorders and the general population during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia: Initial results from the COLLATE project.
Austin Authors: Phillipou, Andrea ;Meyer, Denny;Neill, Erica;Tan, Eric J;Toh, Wei Lin;Van Rheenen, Tamsyn E;Rossell, Susan L
Affiliation: Department of Mental Health, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Mental Health, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Psychiatry, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jul-2020 2020-06-01
Publication information: The International journal of eating disorders 2020; 53(7): 1158-1165
Abstract: Emerging evidence suggests that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may be negatively impacting mental health. The impact on eating and exercise behaviors is, however, currently unknown. This study aimed to identify changes in eating and exercise behaviors in an Australian sample among individuals with an eating disorder, and the general population, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. A total of 5,469 participants, 180 of whom self-reported an eating disorder history, completed questions relating to changes in eating and exercise behaviors since the emergence of the pandemic, as part of the COLLATE (COvid-19 and you: mentaL heaLth in AusTralia now survEy) project; a national survey launched in Australia on April 1, 2020. In the eating disorders group, increased restricting, binge eating, purging, and exercise behaviors were found. In the general population, both increased restricting and binge eating behaviors were reported; however, respondents reported less exercise relative to before the pandemic. The findings have important implications for providing greater monitoring and support for eating disorder patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the mental and physical health impacts of changed eating and exercise behaviors in the general population need to be acknowledged and monitored for potential long-term consequences.
DOI: 10.1002/eat.23317
ORCID: 0000-0003-1009-6619
PubMed URL: 32476163
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Australia
anorexia nervosa
eating disorder
national survey
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