Eating disorders are serious illnesses and often require specialist medical care, not only for the physical problems but also for the psychological difficulties that cause unhappiness and trauma.
However, with eating disorders the person must want to get better before help can be really effective. People with eating disorders often have mixed feelings about 'giving up' the illness. This is because their eating habits have become a way of coping with their emotional problems.
The person will need to contact their GP first. Find out more
There are a variety of ways in which people can be treated and supported. A patient may be offered a combination of different forms of therapy e.g.
- Self help and support groups
- Diet and nutritional advice
Help is available from the following:
Other Sources of Support
Additional advice and support is available from Beating Eating Disorders (BEAT) (Formally EDA).
- BEAT adult helpline (18+) 0345 634 1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- BEAT youth helpline (up to 18) 0345 634 7650 or email@example.com
- BEAT website
- BEAT online support form