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Doctors express concerns about kids' eating habits during pandemic

As the pandemic continues, pediatricians at Kaiser Permanente Northwest are concerned about an increase in eating disorders among youth. 

Isolation, change in routine and heightened anxiety can contribute to the formation of eating disorders or an increase in the severity of existing ones, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder.

“We are seeing an uptick in disordered eating, including restrictive eating, binge-eating and combinations of both,” said Dr. Ellen Singer, pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente in Portland. “We have probably had a 25 to 30% increase in referral...