Eating disorder patients are showing up much sicker than before the pandemic.
“We’ve been seeing unprecedented volumes of very, very sick young people presenting for assessment and treatment of eating disorders. And it’s been persistent for almost a year”, says, Dr. Natasha Johnson, Division Head of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, and Medical Director of the eating disorder program at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
Johnson spoke to CBC News about how the pandemic is exacerbating critical mental health issues in Canada resulting in a surge of children and teens requiring treatment for eating disorders. Patients are showing up in the emergency department much sicker than before the pandemic. Doctors are seeing young people with low heart rate, low blood pressure, and other organ dysfunction – the result of severe malnutrition.
Listen to Dr. Natasha Johnson on the podcast: White Coat Black Art: RJ’s Story – Eating disorders, Kids & Covid