Beat - Eating Disorders

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Who are we? 

Beat is the UK's leading charity supporting those affected by eating disorders and campaigning on their behalf. 

Around 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from these illnesses, many in secret. They are of all ages, genders, and backgrounds – eating disorders do not discriminate.

Eating disorders include bulimia, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED), and anorexia. 

What do we do? 

Our national Helpline encourages and empowers people to get help quickly because we know the sooner someone starts treatment, the greater their chance of recovery.

People can contact us online or by phone Monday to Friday 3 pm to 8 pm. We listen to them, help them to understand the illness, and support them to take positive steps towards recovery.

We also support family and friends, equipping them with essential skills and advice so that they can help their loved ones recover while also looking after their own mental health.

We campaign to increase knowledge among healthcare and other relevant professionals, and for better funding for high-quality treatment, so that when people are brave enough to take vital steps towards recovery, the right help is available to them.


Beat provides Helplines for people of all ages, offering support and information about eating disorders no matter where you are in your journey. These Helplines are free to call from all phones.

Our Helpline is open Monday to Friday 3 pm to 8 pm.

Helpline 0808 801 0677

Find more information about Beats's helpline here.

POD - (Peer support and Online Development) Beat's support hub for carers

POD is Beat's online learning platform designed to provide anyone supporting someone with an eating disorder with a space to learn, share experiences, and find community through online courses, workshops, and forums.

Through POD, you can access a wide range of interactive e-learning modules to learn more about the basics of eating disorders and useful tools to support your loved one in recovery.

You’re not alone in supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. With POD, you can connect with others who have the same experiences and worries you have.

Find out more about POD on Beat's website here.

Resources to support those with eating disorders

Guides, self-help resources, templates, top tips, case studies, and more. 

Find Beat Eating Disorders resources here. 

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