Journal article

Mental health of individuals with and without eating disorders across six months and two waves of COVID-19

Andrea Phillipou, Eric J Tan, Wei Lin Toh, Tamsyn E Van Rheenen, Denny Meyer, Erica Neill, Philip Sumner, Susan L Rossell



PURPOSE: The COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in a significant mental health toll, and recent findings suggest that individuals with an eating disorder (ED) history may be particularly vulnerable. The current study aimed to: (1) identify changes in the pattern of mental health symptoms over the first six months of the pandemic between individuals with an ED history, compared to a community sample without an ED history (non-ED); and (2) identify differences in mental health symptoms and concerns between two waves of the virus and associated lockdowns. METHOD: Data from 4915 respondents - 231 with an ED history - were compared across monthly time points from April to September 2020 on psy..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

AP and WLT are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Project Grants (CIA-GNT1159953, CIA-GNT1161609, respectively) . SLR holds a Senior NHMRC Fellowship (GNT1154561) , and EJT (GNT1142424) and TVR (GNT1088785) hold Early Career NHMRC Fellowships. The authors would also like to thank all the participants who took the time to participate in this study.