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Emergency rooms across the United States reported a significant increase in the number of visits from teenage girls dealing with eating disorders and other mental health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest researchTrusted Source from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The agency said that it observed this troubling trend among girls aged 12–17 years, which was worsened by pandemic-related stressors such as the “lack of structure in daily routine, emotional distress, and changes in food availability.”

Teenage girls also made more visits for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder in 2021, the data showed.

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