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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


References: 

Fletchers Serious Injury. (2020) Supporting you through the most difficult times. See: https://www.fletchersseriousinjury.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Fletchers-Serious-Injury-Report.pdf (accessed 20 August 2020).

HSC. (2020) Digital supports for mental health and emotional wellbeing. See: publichealth.hscni.net/node/5251 (accessed 20 August 2020).

Lansinoh. (2020) Feed with Confidence 2020. See: lansinoh.co.uk/feed-with-confidence (accessed 20 August 2020).

Northumbria University. (2020) Research reveals toll of pandemic on those with eating disorders. See: northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/pandemic-effect-on-people-with-eating-disorders/ (accessed 24 August 2020).

 

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