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Eating disorders: the care you should expect

Eating disorders: the care you should expect

This information explains the care NICE says works best for people who have, or may have, an eating disorder. It is written for children, young people and adults and it will help you and your family and carers know what to expect from health and care services.

If you are a parent or carer of a child with an eating disorder you may want to read this information together as a family. Children and young people may also want to read it for themselves.

There is a section about supporting parents, family members and carers.

Why is this important for you?

NICE aims to help people get the best care no matter who they are or where they live. This NICE advice aims to:

  • help healthcare professionals spot the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder

  • make sure you get specialist treatment that meets your needs

  • explain the support and information you and your family should get.

Your doctor and other professionals should know what NICE has said. Talk to them if you don't think you are getting the care NICE has said you should have.