Eating Disorder Service
If you’ve been diagnosed 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
- Categorising food as safe or good versus dangerous or bad
- Thinking irrational and negative thoughts about eating, such as believing you’ll feel happier if you’re thin
- Competing with others to eat the least and be thinnest
- Binging and comfort eating large amounts of food to 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
- Excessive exercising to lose large amounts of weight, rather than to improve your health
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.
There are four broad types of eating disorders, which we can offer support for:
- Over Eating, which means eating large amounts of food in a short space of time and feeling out of control
- Anorexia Nervosa, which means restricting your eating habits because you feel overweight, despite being very low in weight
- 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) is diagnosed when you have a mixture of disorder symptoms and your eating patterns change constantly
If you’re living with an eating disorder, or you’re concerned that someone you know may have one, our specialist team 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. When we meet you, we’ll talk with you about your experiences and why you think your eating habits have changed.
Depending on your needs, we can support you in different ways such as:
- Providing therapy sessions, either one to one with our specialists, or group sessions including your family and carers
- Offering a day care programme from Monday to Thursday
- Providing dietetic sessions to assess your nutritional needs and offer you appropriate treatment
First Steps Towards Recovery
After your assessment, you’ll be taking the first steps towards recovery. This is the perfect time to reflect on your experiences so far, and the things you can do to change your thinking and your relationship with food.
If you feel that you need further help, you may be able to use our Support Hope and Recovery Online Network (SHaRON)
SHaRON provides a safe and secure digital environment where service users, clinicians, ex-service users, volunteers and other professionals can communicate.
You need to be aged between 17+ to 65, 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.
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.
Call 0300 365 0300
Fax 0300 365 0200
Our service is available across a number of clinics across Slough, Reading, Wokingham, Newbury, and Maidenhead.
Our community based Outreach team provides support across the whole of Berkshire.
If you’re a student, we also have a clinic at Royal Holloway University, London.
You can contact our service during the following times:
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Eating disorders can affect different parts of your day to day life.
We've listed leaflets and resources here to guide you on the right decisions to make when choosing and preparing your food.
- Regular Eating – how important regular eating is and managing your eating habits
- Counting Calories – the myths of calorie counting, its dangers and how to stop
- Normal Healthy Eating – guidance about healthy portion sizes for each food group
- 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
- 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 need urgent help outside of our office opening hours, you can call our Crisis Response Team.
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