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Resources for Health Education Professionals

Toolkit for Carers

The SUCCEED Charity has developed a DVD which contains video clips subtitled in several languages that illustrate the skills that are helpful or not so helpful when supporting someone with an eating disorder.

Visit:   for more details of this approach

NHS Choices Video


Professor Janet Treasure explains anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, how to spot the symptoms, and how the eating disorders impact on a person’s life in two videos made for NHS Choices. 

The NHS Choices website includes information about health treatments and conditions as well as health services, including GPs, hospitals and dentists.


Overcoming Disordered Eating

A resource designed to provide information, strategies and techniques to change thinking patterns associated with disordered eating. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence, each including information, worksheets and suggested exercise or activities.

It has been developed by the Centre for Clinical Interventions, a specialist programme administered through North Metropolitan Health Services in Western Australia, conducting clinically applied psychosocial research and providing training and supervision for various psychological interventions. CCI has developed a number of resources for consumers, mental health practitioners and doctors, freely available through their website. 

Do parents cause eating disorders?

Laura Collins, author of Eating with your anorexic   interviews eating disorders experts about issues important to parents. The three minute video features Professor Janet Treasure.

Please help us recruit participants for our research projects

If you are working with people with eating disorders, please help us recruit participants for our research projects. 

Please visit our 'Take Part in Research' section to find out more about participating in our current projects. 

Training from the Eating Disorders research team

Clinical training:  The Eating Disorders group at the IoPPN and the Eating Disorders Unit at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) jointly organise training for mental health professionals, GPs, and carers throughout the UK and across the world. 

The training is based on the empirical evidence derived from a programme of research that stretches back to 1979. It includes training in: 

  • Treatments for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa; 
  • MANTRA (Maudsley Model of Anorexia Treatment for Adults);
  • Motivational Interviewing; 
  • Cognitive Analytical Therapy; 
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; 
  • Cognitive Remediation Therapy; 
  • Skills for carers; 
  • Working with families of people with eating disorders. 
Details of training are normally posted on theIoPPN website events page, and there is information about training in Motivational Interviewing on the events and training page of this website.
Downloadable resources from the Eating Disorders research team
Books and other resources


NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) treatment guidelines for England

and Wales

Research and background information for the guideline is available in a book, Eating Disorders guidelines

The Clinician’s Guide to Collaborative Caring in Eating Disorders : The new Maudsley Method. Edited by Janet Treasure, Ulrike Schmidt and Pam Macdonald, published September 10 2009 by Routledge, £65 hardback, £24.99 paperback: 
  • This book shows how active collaboration between professional and non-professional carers can maximise the quality of life for both the individual with eating disorders and all other family members. It provides straightforward guidance for clinicians who work with families and carers. It suggests ways of ensuring that interpersonal elements that can maintain eating disorders are minimised and indicates skills and knowledge that can be taught to the carer for both managing their personal reaction to the illness, and for providing a practically and emotionally supportive environment that is conducive to change. The appendices contain a Toolkit for Carers, a series of worksheets designed to help carers recognise their own unique caring styles.
  • This book is for all health professionals working with people with eating disorders. It is relevant across a variety of settings and client groups including inpatients, outpatients, community and day patients.

Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder : The new Maudsley method by Janet Treasure, Gráinne Smith, Anna Crane, published by Routledge, 2007, £12.99:

  • This book gives carers the skills and knowledge they need to support and encourage people with an eating disorder, and to help them to break free from the traps that prevent recovery. Detailed techniques and strategies aim to improve carers' ability to build continuity and consistency of support. The authors use evidence-based research and personal experience to advise on a number of difficult areas in caring for someone with an eating disorder.
The Caring Role in Eating Disorders  is a leaflet for carers written by Professor Janet Treasure

Body mass index cut offs to define thinness in children and adolescents: international survey  Cole TJ, Flegal KM, Nicholls D, Jackson AA. BMJ 2007; 335 (7612): 194

Boys Get Anorexia Too: Coping with male eating disorders in the family  by Jenny Langley, published by Paul Chapman Publishing, 2006, £18.99:

  • What triggers anorexia in boys, what are the effects on the family, what are the treatment and self help options? The book also covers other eating disorders affecting boys.

Films about anorexia for teachers and secondary school students

School Matters – Battling Anorexia is a 45 minute documentary made for Key Stage 3 and 4 teachers as a PSHE resource.

Made for Teachers’ TV, the film features three teenagers, two girls and a boy, who are beat Young Ambassadors, talking openly about their battle with anorexia. School staff and health professionals talk about support that can be offered: the video features Professor Janet Treasure from the eating disorders research team at the Institute of Psychiatry and eating disorders services at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

There is also a 15 minute student’s version: KS3/4 PHSE – Anorexia

New directions for home treatment of eating disorders

Transcript and recording of lecture by Professor Janet Treasure about the history of eating disorders, myths and misperceptions, causes and new approaches to treatment. The lecture took place at Gresham College on 14 February 2006. A recording and transcript can be found here

Anorexia Nervosa: a recovery guide for families, friends and sufferers by Janet Treasure and June Alexander, 2nd edition, Psychology Press, 2013, £16.99.

This book is for both for people with anorexia nervosa and for family members. It shares the knowledge and skills that are required to manage an eating disorder.

Getting Better Bite by Bite. Survival Kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders: Patient workbook by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure and June Alexander. 2nd edition, March 2015, Psychology Press. This is a self-care manual for those who want to work on giving up their bulimia.  

Getting Better Bite by Bite. Clinicians’ Guide, by Janet Treasure and Ulrike Schmidt. published 1997 by Psychology Press, £ 23.44

This book describes how Getting Better BitE by BitE, a self-help manual for those who are now ready to work at giving up being bulimic, can be used as part of guided self care.

Handbook of Eating Disorders – Treatment, Theory and Research, 2nd edition (2002). Editors: Janet Treasure, Ulrike Schmidt and Eric van Furth, published by Wiley, 2002, £95

This book critically examines the ideas, models and hypotheses that have dominated the field of eating disorders for more than three decades. It is a summary of what has been learnt about eating disorders, and a source of ideas of how to progress into the future.

Overcoming Bulimia Online (OBO) is an online programme based on cognitive behaviour therapy. The programme was written by Prof Chris Williams, an experienced CBT practitioner from the University of Glasgow, who has a special interest in eating disorders. It was recently updated in collaboration with Prof Ulrike Schmidt in the Section of Eating Disorders at the IoP. Overcoming Bulimia Online is available from Media Innovations (, a company that produces mental health training materials for healthcare professionals and self care materials for use by patients and carers.

Overcoming Anorexia Online (OAO) is an online programme for carers of people with anorexia nervosa, based on cognitive behaviour therapy and a family systems approach, teaching carers how to effectively support their loved one with an eating disorder. The programme was written by experts Ulrike Schmidt, Chris Williams, Ivan Eisler, Penny Fairbairn and Janet Treasure together with Grainne Smith and Catherine McCloskey, a carer and a former sufferer. Overcoming Anorexia online is available from Media Innovations.

How to care for someone with an eating disorder is a DVD produced by Janet Treasure, Pam McDonald and Gill Todd and available via the Succeed Foundation. This DVD for Carers' is tailored to equip carers with skills and techniques useful for caring for loved ones. Using detailed scenarios and animations, this guide demonstrates practical strategies proven to produce constructive support and development.

Useful Links

The Eating Disorders Research Group takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the content of websites listed here:

Information and help

  • beat is the UK’s leading eating disorders charity. The website includes information about eating disorders, a section specifically for young people, helpline phone numbers and information about other help and support available. 
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists website includes readable and well-researched information about eating disorders for the public, with information for parents, teachers and young people.
  • Student Minds  A website about a project aiming to improve support available to students and young people with eating disorders by setting up a network of student-run self-help groups. The website contains information about existing self help groups, and information about how to get involved.
  • Men Get Eating Disorders Too A website for men who have been affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive eating and/or exercise. Men Get Eating Disorders Too is supported by ITV Fixers which aims to help 16 to 25 year olds set up a project about something they care about.
  • Bodywhys is the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland. The website contains information and support service details.
  • BBC Health Information about mental health problems, including eating disorders, from BBC Health.
  • The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems. The website includes information about eating disorders.
  • Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who are recovering from compulsive overeating offering support to people with compulsive-eating disorders through group meetings.
  • The Academy for Eating Disorders is an international transdisciplinary professional organisation that promotes excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. The AED provides education, training and a forum for collaboration and professional dialogue.
  • NHS Choices website has information about conditions and treatments as well as services and hospitals.
  • ABCD Parenting Young Adolescents A website based on the Australian ABCD Parenting Young Adolescents Program, giving information and support to parents and professionals. The ABCD program offers strategies and ideas to help parents raising an adolescent, and come up with solutions to problems.
  • The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness A USA-based non profit organisation, offering educational presentations, information and referral, training, advocacy, support and mentoring services.
  • Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association SWEDA is based inSomerset in the south-west of England and supports people affected by eating disorders in Somerset and surrounding counties. Services include a telephone helpline, counselling, student support, email support, online message boards.

Support for carers

  • Carers UK is an organisation of carers: this website provides forums and information.
  • Crossroads (Caring for Carers) Association A national network of schemes run by the Crossroads (Caring for Carers) Association gives carers time to be by themselves and have a break from their caring responsibilities.

Personal experiences

  • A website written by Rob Kirk who has had personal experience of caring for his wife Helen who had anorexia.
  • Boys Get Anorexia Too created by Jenny Langley whose son had anorexia. She is the author of a book of the same name, available from the website.
  • Maudsley Parents is an independent, not for profit, volunteer organisation of parents who have helped children recover from anorexia and bulimia through the use of the family based treatment known as the Maudsley Method. This is a form of family therapy developed and evaluated between 1970 and 1980 at the Maudsley Hospital. This website contains information about the Maudsley Method, videos on family-based treatment for anorexia, bulimia and eating disorder research and information in Spanish.

Our Links Policy

This group of pages includes links to other websites to give visitors to our site access to high quality information, resources and support. 

  1. We review the websites we link to regularly, but the Eating Disorders Research Group is not responsible for the content of those sites. The inclusion of a website on our Links page should not be interpreted as an endorsement of that site.
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