The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service at the Hospital Clínic Barcelona has a team specialized in Eating Disorders (EDs). These serious mental illnesses present symptomatology related to a distorted body image, an irrational fear of gaining weight, and disturbed behaviour in terms of eating habits. EDs, which underwent an unprecedented increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, affect millions of people of all ages, sexes, races and socioeconomic levels worldwide. However, most often they start during adolescence or young adulthood and affect more women than men. As Dr. Teia Plana points out, “Girls and women tend to suffer greater social pressure because of the aesthetic standards that are continuously being imposed on society".
Dr. Teia Plana coordinates the EDs team at the Hospital Clínic Barcelona, which treats moderate and severe eating disorders in children and adolescents. The multidisciplinary team includes psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, teachers, social educators and social workers. As a referral centre and part of the Institute of Catalan Studies’ Catalan Nutrition Centre (Centre Català de la Nutrició de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, CCNIEC), it participates in the training of other teams in Catalonia and a Dialogue Table for the prevention of EDs with the Association against Anorexia and Bulimia (ACAB).