Eating disorders

This page offers guidance for assessing, treating and monitoring children and young people with eating disorders. 

Eating disorders are complex disorders that can have many underlying causes, and tend to manifest during adolescence.  There are multiple types of eating disorders, which is why it is crucial for medical professionals and families to recognise the symptoms early on.

NICE eating disorders guidelines

Please refer to the NICE eating disorders recognition and treatment guidelines. These guidelines covers assessment, treatment, monitoring and inpatient care for children, young people and adults with eating disorders. It aims to improve the care people receive by detailing the most effective treatments for anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.

Guidelines for primary care professionals

These eating disorders guidelines have been produced by the Healthy London Partnership. They share advice about spotting the signs of eating disorders and when to refer children and young people to the community eating disorders service for specialist support.

More information about the guidelines for primary care professionals.

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