Mental Health

Eating Disorders (Children)

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Quick Read
Clinical level

As the NHS suggests
Anyone can get an eating disorder. With treatment, most people can recover from an eating disorder.
Overview – Eating disorders. The NHS Website. Retrieved 2nd February 2024.

Importantly as CARED suggest
“It is not the parents, family members or young person’s fault that an eating disorder has developed.”
Information on Eating Disorders – Causes. CARED website. Retrieved 2nd February 2024


FOR under 18

From Oxford Health CAMHS
How to get help from CAMHS

More information on their service

From Beat
“Helpfinder”: “It’s an online directory of eating disorder support services. Type in your postcode along with the age of the person with the eating disorder and Helpfinder will show you services in your area.” Note: you may not find any extra local services not already covered on this page but this has been included as it is continually updated and may be helpful for those living just outside Buckinghamshire for finding services in neighbouring areas.
Welcome to helpfinder Welcome to HelpFinder – HelpFinder



From Beat

From Talk ED
Support services: “Whether you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder or any form of eating distress, you deserve help. We are here for you.”
Support services – TalkED

Digital support from the NHS

From Be Body Positive
Provides digital access to early intervention resources for young people, parents and carers, produced by NHS dieticians, psychologists and psychiatrists.



From the NHS, Patient info and NICE
Eating disorders

From Mind
Eating problems Eating problems – Mind

From Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
Detailed evidence-based guidelines produced for patients based on a systematic review of the scientific literature. Very helpfully the patient booklet, visually shows how strong the evidence is for any treatment recommendation made.
Eating disorders Eating disorders (

From the NHS and Patient info
Anorexia nervosa


From Beat


From Beat
Excellent advice on supporting someone. See under booklet “Guides for friends and family” Supporting Someone

From the NHS
Also as the NHS suggest “Do not underestimate the importance of your love and support.”

From YoungMinds
Eating disorders includes “How can I support my child?” Eating Disorders and Problems | Parent Guide | YoungMinds

From Oxford Health CAMHS
Advice for parents and carers of young people with eating disorders Eating disorders | Oxford Health CAMHS Oxford Health CAMHS

More in depth information

“This package is currently designed for parents and carers of young people (aged up to 25) in Scotland who have recently received a diagnosis of an eating disorder and are about to or have just started treatment. This package is not designed to be an independent treatment model nor is it in place of professional advice.” This easy to follow website, has a lot of good information but note that as a Scottish website some aspects may not apply in England (e.g. access to Scottish services). CARED – SCOTLAND

From Feed Your Instinct
Feed Your Instinct (FYI) is an online tool funded by local Australian Government.
“Feed Your Instinct (FYI) is an interactive tool designed to support parents of children and young people experiencing different types of eating and/or body image problems.” Feed Your Instinct – Relationships with food, weight or their body

From F.E.A.S.T
“a global organisation which provides information and support to parents and carers of people with eating disorders.” FEAST: Support and resources for families affected by eating disorders

understanding a child’s weight

From NHS choices
A child may be underweight without having an eating disorder. NHS choices offers “information and advice about children’s weight, including what you can do if your child is underweight”.
Children’s weight Children’s-weight – NHS


Under 18 you can self-refer as explained in the local self-referral section but over 18 you will need to see your GP practice for a referral.

Further information for anyone over 18 can be found under

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