beat is the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. beat is the working name of the Eating Disorders Association, who continue to build on the strong foundations of the past 20 years of work.
Eating disorders are a serious mental illness affecting 1.6 million people in the UK. beat provides helplines for adults and young people, online support and a UK-wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorder.
beat's vision is simple: Eating Disorders will be Beaten.
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the new 'Carers Information Pack'.
The booklet has been put together as a resource for the friends and families of people who have an eating disorder.
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The FEAST principle state that:
Eating disorders are biologically based mental illnesses and fully treatable with a combination of nutritional, medical, and therapeutic supports.
Parents do not cause eating disorders, and patients do not choose eating disorders.
Parents and caregivers can be a powerful support for a loved one’s recovery from an eating disorder.
Blaming and marginalizing parents in the eating disorder treatment process causes harm and suffering.
Patients should receive evidence-based treatment, when available.
Families should be supported in seeking the most appropriate treatment in the least restrictive environment possible.
Food is medicine: all treatment should include urgent and ongoing nutritional rehabilitation.
When the family is supported, the patient is supported.
Siblings and parents are affected by a family member’s illness; their needs deserve full attention, too.
Parents have a unique capacity to help other parents with support, information, and the wisdom of experience.
F.E.A.S.T. is committed to a coalition-building model of advocacy work that requires mutual respect among caregivers, professionals, and patients.