Health Professionals

Eating disorders are extremely common, however can be serious and even life threatening if not treated appropriately. Millions of people are affected by eating disorders every year and unfortunately thousands of sufferers die because their disorder has gone unrecognised and thus untreated for too long.

All treatments for eating disorders require psychological treatment with or without inpatient treatment.

The NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines ( lay out the evidenced based ‘Core interventions in the treatment and management of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders’.

This learning area is being developed by our medical professionals to help other Health Professionals and organisations to learn and share their experiences in both diagnosing and supporting the recovery of people with eating disorders. We aim to provide insight and understanding of the patient experience and enable health professional to share ideas and common areas of concern. The patient experience of related issues such as self-harming and the symptoms of multi-impulsive Bulimia will be included together with root issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, abuse, bereavement and post traumatic stress. There will also be guidance and information for helping family members supporting a loved one developing an eating disorder in order to support you in your role.
To view A GENERAL PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO EATING DISORDERS from the Institiute of Psychiatry at Kings’ College London please visit share common areas of

If you would like to contribute to this area then contact us by email: or telephone 03000 11 12 13 Option 4.
Further, if you would like access to material we have already produced, please view our ABC Publications (

The material below has been specifically developed for young people, which may be useful for you to refer people on to and may also help you develop your understanding of eating disorders.
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This course explores the range of eating disorders and how patients affected by them may present to their GP. It offers practical advice to enable clinicians to assess, manage and monitor such patients and know when to refer and when to be concerned.

It is endorsed by the RCGP. Curriculum Field: 3.10 Care of people with mental health problems and will count towards your CPD.

Time to complete this course: 30 minutes

Date of publication: Sept 2015