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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on eating disorder-related hospital and programme admissions in youth
  1. Daniel J Devoe,
  2. Katherine M. G. Holland
  1. Psychology, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel J Devoe, Mount Royal University, T3E 6K6, Alberta, Canada; ddevoe{at}

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Commentary on: Hartman-Munick SM, Lin JA, Milliren CE, et al. Association of the COVID-19 pandemic with adolescent and young adult eating disorder care volume. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 Dec 1;176(12):1225-1232. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.4346.

Implications for practice and research

  • The current research demonstrates the need to increase staffing and programme capacity for those working with patients with eating disorders (EDs) to ensure adequate care.

  • Future research into how the relationship between ED-related hospitalisations and individual external factors, such as social isolation are needed.


Research has shown that the pandemic greatly impacted worldwide mental health1 and disproportionality impacted those with EDs.2 Those with EDs such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.