Eating Disorders in Adolescents: Responding to the COVID-Linked Surge

Eating disorders (EDs) are part of the current emergency in children’s mental health, with pandemic-related factors that include social isolation, disrupted routines and excessive screen time. In this guide, Sara M. Buckelew, MD, MPH, debunks myths about which populations get EDs; offers keys to assessing patients and tips on talking to families; and describes inpatient treatment. Learn why pediatricians – who typically seek to reassure parents – may need to raise the alarm instead.

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UCSF Pediatrics

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Sara Buckelew, MD, MPH

Sara Buckelew, MD, MPH

Director, Eating Disorders Program
Adolescent medicine specialist

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