Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting 1.6 million people in the UK. Boys, girls, men and women from all types of background and ethnic groups can suffer from eating disorders.

Eating disorders can be a way of coping with feelings that are making you unhappy or depressed. It may be difficult to face up to and talk about, feelings like anger, sadness, guilt, loss or fear. An eating disorder is a sign that you need help in coping with life, and sorting personal problems.

Beat are dedicated to providing help and support to people with eating disorders. Eating disorders might be serious but they are treatable and recovery is possible. Anybody worried about themselves or others should contact their GP. 

There’s lots of information on the Beat site:


If you’re worried about yourself, a friend or relative and you want to talk to someone you can contact the Beat Youthline Monday to Thursday 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

  • Youthline: 0845 634 7650
  • Email:

If you would like a call back, send the text message 'call back' to 07786 20 18 20. Beat aim to get back to you within 24 hours and during Youthline open hours. When they call back the number will display as "unknown".