News in numbers: September/October 2020

18 September 2020

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Almost 9 out of 10 people with experience of eating disorders have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, says research from Northumbria University

87% of participants reported their symptoms had worsened as a result of the pandemic, and more than 30% said their symptoms were much worse. This included decreased feelings of control and low feelings of social support

Around 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder 

77% of serious injuries are ‘invisible’, finds a poll of 1000 people in the UK

More than 1 in 5 of those affected worried that others were therefore less likely to understand that their injury had long-term effects (such as chronic pain or a cognitive impairment)

1 in 7 found it harder or delayed seeking medical help

3/4 of mothers who breastfeed now feel more cautious about breastfeeding in public, as a direct result of Covid-19, a poll of 150 mothers found

43% said they’ll take measures to avoid breastfeeding in public, and a further 14% will avoid it completely


Fletchers Serious Injury. (2020) Supporting you through the most difficult times. See: (accessed 20 August 2020).

HSC. (2020) Digital supports for mental health and emotional wellbeing. See: (accessed 20 August 2020).

Lansinoh. (2020) Feed with Confidence 2020. See: (accessed 20 August 2020).

Northumbria University. (2020) Research reveals toll of pandemic on those with eating disorders. See: (accessed 24 August 2020).