Diary Entry #14: Saving Grace.
Grace was an outgoing, popular, and athletic teenager when the pandemic first began. But when the country went on lockdown, she became obsessed with exercise and lost an alarming amount of weight. And Grace isn't alone. Across the country, the number of young people diagnosed with eating disorders has exploded. The problem is so bad, doctors told Grace's mother, "There are so many kids suffering right now, we don't have enough beds." Experts blame a perfect storm of anxiety, isolation, and social media. What's worse? Social media giants like Instagram now acknowledge that their own algorithms pushed dangerous content to vulnerable teenagers searching for information about eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. When asked about the past year, Grace's mother says, "It's been hell." She is telling her family's story in hopes of saving someone else. Saving Grace is Diary Entry #14.