Global Health & Medicine 2023;5(2):122-124.

Current situation and clinical burden of pediatricians for children with eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mizumoto Y, Sasaki Y, Sunakawa H, Tanese S, Shinohara R, Kurokouchi T, Sugimoto K, Seto M, Ishida M, Itagaki K, Yoshida Y, Namekata S, Takahashi M, Harada I, Sasaki S, Saito K, Toguchi Y, Hakosima Y, Inazaki K, Yoshimura Y, Usami M


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the incidence of eating disorders (ED) has increased not only in Japan but also worldwide. This online survey for pediatricians showed that caregivers tend to visit specific pediatric institutions or child psychiatry departments when children under junior high school age develop eating disorders. There are few pediatric institutions regarding treatment acceptance for children with ED. Of the 34 respondents, 16 (47.1%) answered that the number of visits for children with eating disorders had "stayed the same", one answered it had "decreased" and 17 (50.0%) answered it had "increased" or "increased very much". In addition, 28 of the 34 respondents (82.3%) experienced difficulties with psychotherapy for children with ED. For treating children with ED, pediatricians usually conducted physical examination and have some clinical burden. ED are increasing in the COVID-19 pandemic. Because children with severe ED need to be hospitalized, child and adolescent psychiatric wards are overcrowded and some children with other mental disorders can't be admitted.

KEYWORDS: eating disorder, Child, COVID-19

DOI: 10.35772/ghm.2022.01034

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