Coronavirus is understandably causing a lot of stress and anxiety, and we know that things may feel very uncertain right now. If you have an eating disorder, or are supporting someone who does, you might have specific worries or practical concerns to do with the illness or treatment. We’ve listened to the issues you’ve raised and, with the help of eating disorder clinicians, put together the guidance below to try to respond to the most common ones. Carers can find out more about supporting someone during the current situation here.
We also want to reassure you that our support services will continue to be here for you during this time, including putting extra provisions in place, such as our new online group open during helpline hours for anyone with an eating disorder. Our Helpline team is set up for home working so please do continue to get in touch with us as usual and we’ll do our best to give you the support you deserve. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters who are fundraising and donating which has meant we are able to continue providing our services at this time.
Information about Coronavirus and eating disorders.
It has become easier to get hold of many foods in the last few weeks, but some things could still be difficult to find. It’s understandable to have concerns about this, but there are things that you can do.
Search common questions about eating disorders and COVID 19 vaccines and find out more about how you can request one.
This page was created to give those caring for someone with an eating disorder guidance on supporting the person during the coronavirus crisis.
You may find it useful to use the BLAST technique. Think about what kind of things help you to feel better when you’re Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stressed or Tired.
If you have been struggling with binge eating during the Covid-19 pandemic, you are not alone.
These two posts, written two years apart, show how Mel managed to overcome a lot of the anxiety she felt around shopping for food.