Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Founded in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, it's mission is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders.
Around 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder. They include bulimia, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) and anorexia.
The charity runs three helplines which are open 365 days a year from 9am to 8pm during the week and 4pm to 8pm on weekends and bank holidays. These are staffed by trained support workers who are experienced in listening and talking to people with an eating disorder.
Find out more about:
- Types of eating disorder
- Recovery and treatment
- Support services
- Supporting someone who has an eating disorder
The Sanctuary is an online chat group created specifically in response to coronavirus and the anxieties this could lead to for people with an eating disorder. It is a safe, online space for people with an eating disorder to share concerns and advice on how they are coping with the pandemic.
The charity has also produced a range of help and advice during the Coronavirus pandemic for people with eating disorders.