Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. We began life in 1989 as the first national charity for people with eating disorders because of a merger of two local charities. Called the Eating Disorders Association, we have grown and developed over time to become Beat.
We exist to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. We are a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.
Eating disorders are widely misunderstood and stigmatised illnesses, so we work to change this at every level. We campaign for positive change for people who are suffering so that they can get the help they need and deserve as quickly as possible, because we know that the faster they get treatment, the greater their chance of full recovery. We run and assist with research to learn more about what causes eating disorders and how best to treat them.
We translate the complex and technical into practical guidance for people affected by eating disorders, both sufferers and their friends and families. We offer awareness training in schools and workplaces, and a HelpFinder service to help people find treatment in their area. We help healthcare professionals to recognise the thoughts and feelings that cause these mental illnesses, rather than focusing on physical symptoms, so that they can provide the best possible care for their patients.
Eating disorders can be deeply isolating for the people affected by them. Our online support groups and regional support services allow people to talk to others with similar experiences, helping them to feel less alone with their eating disorder. We run phone and email helplines 365 days a year for anyone who needs us. Often when people get in touch it’s the first time they’ve voiced their concerns about themselves or a loved one.
Beat receives no funding from central government, so we rely on the generosity of our supporters to help us continue our important work. If you’d like to get involved, you can find out how to do so here.
Beat is a charity registered in England and Wales (801343) and Scotland (SC039309). Beat became our working name in February 2007.
Our legally registered charity name is: Beat (Formerly Eating Disorders Association). Beat is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under number 2368495, with registered offices at Unit 1, 19 Rosary Road, Norwich NR1 1SZ. VAT Number: 700 285963.
Beat's Chief Executive is Andrew Radford. Andrew has been Chief Executive of Beat since July 2015. He was previously CEO of the charity Voice, campaigning for the rights of children in care. Before that he worked in a variety of roles over 16 years for UNICEF UK, starting with 10 years leading an accreditation-based programme to improve NHS support for new mothers’ feeding decisions, followed by short stints as Communications and Fundraising Director before a final period as Strategy Director.
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We began life in 1989 as the first national charity for people with eating disorders as the result of a merger of two local charities: Anorexic Aid and Anorexic Family Aid. Originally called the Eating Disorders Association, we have grown and developed over time to become Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity.
Beat is able to campaign for and provide support to those affected by eating disorders thanks to the generosity of our supporters. These include individuals, corporate partnerships, trusts, foundations, and the government.