Caring for someone with an eating disorder

If you are caring for someone with an eating disorder have a look at our leaflet Eating Disorders: Information for carers.

It is aimed at anyone caring for a young person or adult with an eating disorder in Scotland but all the information (apart from some of the organisations listed in the Further information section) apply wherever you live in the UK.

Eating disorders are mental health conditions marked by an obsession with food, body weight and/or body image. They can affect anyone, but are more prevalent among young women.

Types of eating disorders:

  • Anorexia nervosa.
  • Bulimia nervosa.
  • Binge eating disorder.
  • Other specified feeding or eating disorder.

The leaflet includes information on:

  • Signs and symptoms of an eating disorder.
  • How to help.
  • Looking after you.
  • Where to get further information.

Download the leaflet Eating Disorders: Information for carers.

Date revised: 01/07/2020