The Changes We Are Campaigning For

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. We exist to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. We do this by working directly with sufferers and their families, highlighting the challenges they face, and campaigning for change.

We want to see a society where people with eating disorders experience care and understanding, and health systems where they can quickly access effective treatment. To achieve this, we are calling for Government, the NHS and others in several key areas to make vital changes.

Due to devolution, the specific changes we are campaigning for vary between the different countries of the UK. Please click the tabs below to find out more about what we are campaigning for.

England

There is an urgent need for major improvement in access to evidence-based treatment for adults, and achievement of national standards for children and young people’s eating disorder services in every area. The Government's anti-obesity measures are a source of concern for the wellbeing of those vulnerable to or currently experiencing an eating disorder, we are urging the Government to reconsider their approach. We are also calling for all England-based medical students and junior doctors to have proper training on eating disorders, and campaigning for eating disorder research to be properly funded.

Scotland

We are campaigning to ensure that the forthcoming national review of eating disorder services is based on the experiences of people affected by eating disorders and clinical experts, and for the review to produce a series of recommendations that can lead to real change. We are also calling for all Scotland-based medical students and junior doctors to have proper training on eating disorders, and campaigning for eating disorder research to be properly funded.

Wales

In Wales we are campaigning for full implementation of the recommendations made by the Government-commissioned Eating Disorder Service Review 2018. Campaigning will be crucial to securing enough funding, staff and training to realise the review’s ambition of world-class treatment and support across the whole of Wales. We are calling for all Wales-based medical students and junior doctors to be properly trained on eating disorders and campaigning for eating disorder research to be properly funded.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, we are campaigning for full implementation of the recommendations made by the 2015 RQIA Review of Eating Disorder Services. We are calling for all Northern Ireland-based medical students and junior doctors to be properly trained on eating disorders and campaigning for eating disorder research to be properly funded.