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Policy work

We have developed our policies over a number of years to guide our work supporting those affected by eating disorders. Our policies outline our views on the ways eating disorders are treated and these views are the basis from which we take action.

You can find out more about both our internal and external policies within this section.

Policy work

Self Referral

Self-referral for specialist assessment removes a significant barrier by allowing individuals to refer themselves or their loved one to the local eating disorder service.

2021 Senedd Election

The Senedd election is a crucial opportunity to influence eating disorder policy and support in Wales for the next five years.

Changes needed to government anti-obesity strategies

Beat has published a report on the risks to people with eating disorders caused by government anti-obesity strategies.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Intensive programmes, such as Day Treatment Programmes (DTPs) and home-based treatment, are becoming more common in the treatment of eating disorders. 

Family Empowerment

Beat has launched new guidance encouraging healthcare providers to ensure better support for families of people with eating disorders.

2019 General Election Manifestos

The General Election is an important opportunity to have your say over access to treatment and support for people affected by eating disorders.

Treating vegan patients with eating disorders

Veganism is a way of living based on the principle of avoiding animal use as much as possible, encompassing both dietary and non-dietary choices. 

Best practice in managing service transitions for patients affected by eating disorders 

There are a number of reasons why people with a diagnosis of an eating disorder may transition between services. This paper proposes a series of best practice standards for adoption by all healthcare providers offering eating disorder services.

All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Eating Disorders

The All Party Parliamentary group on eating disorders was formed in 2019 and since then it has been bringing together MPs from across Parliament to improve policy, in particular improving access and treatment for people affected by eating disorders and measures that support prevention and early intervention.

Key External Policies

BPS psychological perspectives on obesity



Read our statements on matters relating to eating disorders and government policy.

Take Part in Eating Disorder Research

Find out more about the research into eating disorders carried out by Beat and other institutions.