• Shaen

Let’s Talk Mental Health – Eating Disorder

Updated: Oct 21, 2021


As I was reading up on news and articles, I came across a very interesting article mentioning that eating disorder cases in Singapore have gone up during the Covid-19 pandemic amid increased stress and anxiety from the disruptions of routines.


The Singapore General Hospital (SGH), which has a well-established multi-disciplinary team that treats eating disorder cases, saw a 15 per cent increase in such cases last year from previous years.


Half of these involved anorexia nervosa, which is characterised by an abnormally low body weight and an intense fear of gaining weight.


Cases of bulimia nervosa - binge eating, followed by purging - make up the bulk of the rest.


The others include avoidant restrictive food intake eating disorder, atypical anorexia nervosa and sub-threshold bulimia nervosa.

You can click on the following link to read more about the types of Eating Disorders and their symptoms.

(https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/common-eating-disorders#anorexia)


While there are many possible factors that could lead to eating disorders, stress is definitely a contributing factor to cause psychiatric disorders and worsening symptoms


During the pandemic some might have gained a significant amount of weight as a result of stress-induced overeating. This may have caused individual to feel unhappy with their bodies and worry about further weight gain - in turn triggering food restriction and excessive exercising, which eventually became an eating disorder.


Some might turn to food as a source of comfort, while some found it easier to binge and purge on food while working or studying from home, further worsening their eating conditions during the circuit breaker. They may be group of individuals working out obsessively and increased the intensity of their exercise regimens to compensate for the excess binge eating.


During the circuit breaker, people were encouraged to do home workouts to boost one's mood and immune system. But when exercise is done excessively and there is insufficient recovery or food intake, it can lead to a drop in weight, repetitive strain injuries, muscle strains and tears, and other physical side effects in both short and long terms.


We at Nulife would like to be part of your journey in helping you with your eating disorder.


We aim to inspire and encourage individuals on the importance of adopting a healthier lifestyle and mindset. Do reach out to us for a chat to find out how we can help you on this journey and let us discover the best version of you.


“The path to great confidence is not in becoming invincible, flawless, and seemingly perfect. But rather, it is in embracing your humanity, in all its messy glory and tender vulnerability.”– Aziz Gazipura

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