This young woman whom we will call Elise suffers from anorexia nervosa. At under 30, food has become an obsession. His descent into hell accelerated in March 2020.

Containment, the trigger

“I think it was latent and it was going to explode in my face eventually. The confinement made all the symptoms faster and I think it also made them a lot stronger and a lot more important because that was the only thing I could focus on given that we had more life outside of it. the House ” explains the young woman.

Elise strictly controls her food: no more than 500 kilocalories per day. However, it follows the fad of the first confinement. She is nourished by the pleasure that her relatives have in tasting her cakes, without ever tasting them personally.

Sports addiction

She is never satisfied with physical activity either.

“I also started doing a lot of sport, on Instagram or Facebook, and it had become a bit of an obsession, I forbade myself to miss a session. I was pretty hard on myself during that time ” she adds.

In February of this year, Elise weighs only 36 kilos. A liver infection leads her to long-term hospitalization at Sainte Anne hospital. Today she has gained almost 13 kilos. If her progress continues, she should be able to release in July.

New patient profiles

In this department, there are about twenty young women like her hospitalized for 3 to 4 months. Health professionals took care of more serious patients than usual after the first confinement, they also discovered new profiles.

“There are people who did not suffer from eating disorders at all, who were not users of the health system, whom we did not see, who developed eating disorders during confinement” explains Prof. Philibert Duriez, psychiatrist at Sainte-Anne hospital in Paris.

Extension of waiting lists

All healthcare professionals have noticed a 30% increase in claims compared to last year. “From the summer of 2020, we really noticed an increase, an extension of our waiting list, where we often went from 8-10 patients on the waiting list, to 20 to 30 patients on the waiting list “ adds the professor. To take care of these additional patients, since January, a consultation and an intensive day hospital are offered to patients.

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