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Eating Disorder Service (BEDS)

If you feel that you're living with an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, we can provide a range of support and treatments.

There are many different forms of eating disorders, and it’s important to know that living with one is nothing to be ashamed of.

It might be that you’re eating too little or too much, or that you’re too focussed on things like body shape and your appearance.

Some disorders may be linked to a mental or physical health condition you have, or a traumatic experience in your life such as stress at work, a loss in your family or pressure from work.

If you have an eating disorder you may see many different symptoms, such as:

  • Skipping meals or avoiding eating in front of others
  • Setting rigid rules about eating, and sticking to them without change
  • Thinking irrational and negative thoughts about eating, such as believing you’ll feel happier if you’re thin
  • Binging and comfort eating as a way to escape stress and negative emotions
  • Making yourself vomit before and after meals
  • Chewing food but spitting it out before swallowing
  • Having an intense fear of gaining weight, and spending a lot of time inspecting yourself in the mirror

These are just some of the symptoms you may see. You can find more information about the signs of an eating disorder from the NHS website.

Eating disorder symptoms

There are four broad types of eating disorders, which we can offer support for. Use the following guides to find out more:

  • Anorexia Nervosa, which means restricting your eating habits because you feel overweight, despite being very low in weight
  • Binge Eating, which means eating large amounts of food in a short space of time and feeling out of control
  • Bulimia Nervosa, which means eating large amounts of food in a short space of time and then try to get rid of this quickly by vomiting, taking laxatives, misusing diet pills or excessive exercise
  • Otherwise Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) may be diagnosed if you show a combination of different disorder symptoms

If you’re living with an eating disorder, we can help you better understand your relationship with food and why you’re making certain decisions about eating.

When you’re referred to us we’ll arrange an assessment appointment with you. We’ll talk with you about your experiences and why you think your eating habits have changed.

Depending on your needs, we may offer a range of treatment options to support you, such as:

  • Therapy sessions, either one to one with our specialists, or group sessions including your family and carers
  • Dietetic sessions to assess your nutritional needs  
  • Access to our Support Hope and Recovery Online Network (SHaRON)

SHaRON

SHaRON provides a safe and secure digital environment where service users, clinicians, ex-service users, volunteers and other professionals can communicate.

SHaRON support for Eating Disorders

You need to be aged 18 or over and be registered with a GP in the Berkshire area to access our service.

Your GP or healthcare professional can refer you to us through our Common Point of Entry (CPE) system.

If you're 17 or younger, or you're a parent or guardian concerned about a young person, you can find support from our CYPF Eating Disorder service.

CYPF Berkshire Eating Disorder service

Unfortunately, we don’t accept self referrals. You can still however read our self-help resources for advice on things like meal planning and understanding calories.

Our service is provided in our two main hubs in Maidenhead and Reading.

Please do not come to our clinics until your GP has confirmed your appointment with us. 

Maidenhead

St. Mark's Hospital
Maidenhead
Berkshire 
SL6 6DU

Call  01753 638 883

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm Closed Closed

Reading

25 Erleigh Road
Reading
Berkshire 
RG1 5LR

Call  0118 929 6417

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm Closed Closed

Eating disorders can affect different parts of your day to day life.

The leaflets and resources here can guide you when making decisions about eating and food preparation. 

Eating habits

Nutrition

  • Nutrition and Metabolism – what metabolism is, and what happens when our metabolic rate slows down
  • Fats – what are the different types of fat, and which are good for our diets
  • Carbohydrates – what carbohydrates are and how much you need in your diet
  • Gastrointestinal Changes – why these difficulties occur and how these can be treated

Lifestyle

  • Using laxatives – how to avoid misusing laxatives if you've living with an eating disorder
  • Vomiting and your health – the effects of vomiting linked to your eating disorder
  • Osteoperosis – advice about nutrition to strengthen your bones
  • Menopause – advice about nutrition if you're going through the menopause
  • Fad diets – how to spot bad diet advice and who to speak to for nutrition advice

If you're concerned for your safety or the safety of others, contact our Crisis Response Team.

Phone number  0300 365 9999

You can also contact our Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT)

Bracknell                                         01344 823333 
Newbury                                          01635 292020 
Reading                                            01189 605612 
Slough                                              01753 690950 
Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead      01628 640200 
Wokingham                                     0118 9890707

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