Eating Disorders and Coronavirus

Coronavirus is understandably causing a lot of stress and anxiety, and we know that things may feel very uncertain right now. If you have an eating disorder, or are supporting someone who does, you might have specific worries or practical concerns to do with the illness or treatment. We’ve listened to the issues you’ve raised and, with the help of eating disorder clinicians, put together guidance to try to respond to the most common ones. 

Our Helpline Services

We're here for you if you or someone you love is suffering from an eating disorder or experiencing symptoms. Contact us online or by phone 365 days a year, and we offer online support groups to ensure you're not alone.

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are serious mental illness that can affect anyone of any age at any time. They often thrive in secrecy so it is important to spot symptoms and get professional help as soon as possible. 

Solace - Online Peer Support 

Solace is our new, free video-based peer support group hosted over Zoom. It’s for anyone supporting somebody with an eating disorder.

Lifeline Appeal 

Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston filmed BBC Lifeline for Beat following his own experience of an eating disorder. 


Helpline demand soars with 28% of new contacts noting coronaviru...


Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, has reported demand for its Helpline ser...


Research reveals toll of pandemic on those with eating disorders


The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound, negative impact on nine out of ten p...


Beat's response to Channel 4's Lose a Stone in 21 Days


Beat, the UK's eating disorder charity, has responded to the TV programme L...


Your Stories

You are not alone with binge eating


Eating: a basic human requirement to stay alive. For some, it’s a passion; some...


There is hope in the depths of your ocean


I want to say that my disordered eating habits crept up on me, but I remember gi...


A note to those in quasi-recovery


As an individual who often struggles to verbalise disordered thoughts, attemptin...