As COVID Cuts Deadly Path Through Indiana Prisons, Inmates Say Symptoms Ignored

Scottie Edwards died of COVID-19 just weeks before he would have gotten out of the Westville Correctional Facility in Indiana.

Edwards, 73, began showing symptoms of the disease in early April, according to the accounts of three inmates who lived with him in a dormitory. He was short of breath, had chest pain and could barely talk. He was also dizzy, sweaty and throwing up.

Edwards was serving a 40-year sentence for attempting to kill someone in 2001. He would have been released to home detention on May 1 but died on April 13. The next day, the Indiana Department of Correction sent out a statement that indicated Edwards’ symptoms came on suddenly: “The offender, a male over the age of 70, who did not have indications of illness, reported experiencing chest pains and trouble breathing on Monday.”

Edwards’ fellow inmates dispute the statement and say he had been seeking

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Do emotions steer your eating? | Health Beat

Using food as a way to self-soothe during times of stress could lead to problems with weight gain. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Is emotional eating your downfall?

One way to find out is with the Eating and Appraisal Due to Emotions and Stress questionnaire developed by Amy Ozier of Northern Illinois University.

First published in 2007, it has been used and refined by many other researchers over the years, not just in the United States, but around the world.

The questions aren’t complicated.

They ask how well you cope with stress and other problems, whether you use food as a way to self-soothe in times of distress or even as a reward in times of happiness and how much control you feel you have over your eating—all with the goal of pinpointing eating behaviors that typically lead to weight gain.

Emotions that can prompt eating:

  • Stress
  • Sadness
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling down
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