Scared to eat: How eating disorders have soared in lockdown

Published on 4 Mar 2021, 14:55
Demand for help with eating disorders has rocketed during lockdown, a leading charity has said.

Beat was contacted by 283% more people during 2020 compared to the previous year.

The charity believes lockdown pressures could be triggering both new cases and relapses.

One in four people with an eating disorder are male, such as 18-year-old Dean Miller, who began restricting food when he was 14.

The apprentice welder was subjected to jibes in the school playground about his weight, which caused him to think about his body for the first time.

“It came at me out of nowhere,” he said. “I was playing football with the boys at school at lunch. They kicked me and said ‘shut up Dean, you’re fat’. I was like ‘wow’, it was just a shock.”