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Eating Disorders Increase with Pandemic Stress

Since the start of the pandemic, calls to the hotline at the National Eating Disorders Association are up 70-80%. According to a 2014 article in World Psychiatry, eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate of any psychiatric diagnosis, second only to opioid use disorder. Today on The Point's Healthy Lifestyles program, we focus on who is at risk, what are the signs of eating disorders, and what supports are available.

Here's a link to the National Eating Disorders website, including helpline

Eat and feed with joy: The Ellyn Satter Institute's resources for healthy eating in children

Book mentioned on the program: Well Nourished

Guests on the program are: 

Dena Irwin, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and Registered Yoga Teacher. She practices integrative nutrition, using whole foods healing and offers holistic nutrition counseling and cooking lessons through her business Nourish. 
Stacey Richmond, Registered Dietitian specializing in eating disorders, and practitioner of Integrative Nutrition Therapy for over 20 years. She provides individual counseling, coaching, workshops and retreats for women through her business Kind Eating.  

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.