Review decision: 

Following the recent surveillance review decision, a standard update of this guideline will be scheduled into the work programme. Details of the update are available here.

Next review date: TBC

The NICE eating disorders clinical guideline covers physical and psychological treatments, treatment with medicines, and what kinds of services best help people with eating disorders.

The guideline looks at eating disorders for children aged 8 years through to adults. It covers anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and related eating disorders, in particular, binge eating disorder. It does not look at obesity, or how to diagnose or treat an eating problem that has been caused by another physical or mental disorder.

This guideline was previously called eating disorders: core interventions in the treatment and management of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.