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UCLA Health experts available to speak on the spike of eating disorders during COVID-19

The global pandemic has brought new, sobering challenges. As guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19 has disrupted routines and limited social interaction, risks have increased for those who were already vulnerable, including those who suffer from disordered eating or eating disorders. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), at least 30 million Americans of diverse backgrounds suffer from an eating disorder, along with millions who are undiagnosed. 

The UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Disorders Program combines the expertise of medicine, dietetics and psychology to deliver evidence-based, compassionate care for people with concerns about disordered eating or known eating disorders. UCLA Health has a number of experts who can talk to journalists about this topic.  

Available experts: 

Michael G. Wetter, PsyD can speak on:

  • Eating Disorders in pediatric, adolescent and young adult populations.
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Impact of social media use on pediatric, adolescent and young adult populations
  • Parenting issues and concerns
  • Psychological consequences of entitlement, poor limit setting, privilege, etc.
  • Social perspectives and biases of mental health diagnoses and treatment
  • Use of Telehealth for mental health, psychiatric disorders, eating disorders, etc. 

Elaine L. Rosen, MD can speak on: 

  • Under-recognition of eating disorders, especially during COVID-19
  • Disordered eating versus eating disorders
  • Extremely picky eaters
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Anorexia Nervosa treatment 



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