Eating problems

Explains eating problems, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Your stories

Workplace bullying and eating disorders

Mel blogs about the impact being bullied at work had on her.

Posted on 24/05/2017

Do I have a right to recovery?

Lucy talks about how not ever having a diagnosis has impacted on her recovery.

Lucy P
Posted on 30/11/2016

My anorexia diagnosis and finding help

Jess blogs about being diagnosed with anorexia and the challenges she faced in getting the right treatment.

Jessica Mell
Posted on 23/02/2016

Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC)

03000 11 12 13
parent helpline: Option 1
sufferer helpline: Option 2
self-harm helpline: Option 3

Provides advice and support to anyone affected by an eating problem.

Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

Describes what family therapy is, and has a search facility to find a therapist in your area.


adult helpline: 0808 801 0677
youthline: 0808 801 0711

Offers information on eating disorders and runs a supportive online community. Also provides a directory of support services at

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

01611 705 4304

Provides details of accredited therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300

Information about counselling and therapy. See sister website,, for details of local practitioners.


Elefriends is a supportive online community run by Mind.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Produces clinical guidelines for the treatment and management of eating disorders.

Overeaters Anonymous Great Britain

Runs local groups throughout the country.


0800 068 41 41
Provides information and support for anyone under 35 who is struggling with suicidal feelings, or anyone concerned about a young person who might be struggling.


116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour emotional support for anyone struggling to cope.

Student Minds
Details of campus-based support groups for students experiencing difficulties around food or body image.

Midwife-led charity which provides information about eating problems in pregnancy.


parent helpline: 0808 802 5544

Information for both parents and young people.

This information was published in June 2017. We will revise it in 2020.

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