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Healthy eating

Eating disorders

Find out about eating disorders and support in Southwark and nationally for anyone that is affected by them, of any age.

What eating disorders are

An eating disorder is a complex mental illness. They can be a way of coping with feelings or situations that are making the person unhappy, angry, depressed, stressed or anxious. Anyone, no matter what their age, gender, culture or background, can develop one.  

If someone has an eating disorder they will have an unhealthy relationship with food. This may be eating too much or too little food. It can be frightening to realise that you or someone you know may have an eating disorder. 

If you believe that you need help, talk to your GP or contact the services below.

Get help for eating disorders in Southwark

The NHS runs eating disorder services for adults and children. Find out more about:

National support services for eating disorders

BEAT is a UK charity that gives information and support to children and adults affected by eating disorders. They have online support groups, peer support and message boards. Their helplines are open 365 days a year.

Contact BEAT by phone, webchat or email to get support for an eating disorder.

Anorexia & Bulimia Care provides ongoing care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders and eating distress. - call their helpline on 03000 11 12 13 or email or

Page last updated: 05 December 2023


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