The Eating Disorder Association (EDA)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



Blades, M. (2004), "The Eating Disorder Association (EDA)", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 34 No. 3.



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The Eating Disorder Association (EDA)

The Eating Disorder Association (EDA)

National Association of Care Caterers – (NACC) Midlands Region held a training day on Eating Disorders on 19 June 2003

Training was presented by the Eating Disorder Association (EDA). The EDA provides information and help on all aspects of eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and related eating disorders.

EDA operates a UK wide telephone Helpline for people with an eating disorder, their family, friends, and professionals, along with a Youthline that offers information, help and support for young people aged 18 years and under. EDA also provides a Network of Self Help and Support Groups, Postal and Telephone Contacts who offer support to those affected by eating disorders, throughout the UK.

The association also offers a range of information on eating disorders and related issues including details of specialist treatment available throughout the UK.

They also offer training for professionals in health, education and social care. EDA is a registered charity entirely funded through charitable sources. For more details, please visit the Web site:

What training can EDA provide?

Dealing with eating disorders on a daily basis can be distressing for professionals or carers who are unsure about how to proceed. Training people about eating disorders and how to support those affected by them is important to EDA. Training by EDA can be tailored to meet organisational or individual needs. EDA can provide training days across the country and at EDA London office.

They can offer:

  • tailored training at your workplace,

  • regionally delivered training,

  • specialised training for those working with students affected by eating disorders,

  • eating disorders awareness in the workplace aimed at employers and

  • presentations for conferences or seminars.

EDA has a team of trainers who are able to travel anywhere within the UK to deliver training around a number of issues surrounding eating disorders. Their training team can provide anything from a short presentation, to ongoing full day training sessions. Training is provided by experienced and sensitive facilitators with a wealth of knowledge in the field.

Training days

EDA offers participative workshops designed to enable delegates to:

  • gain a greater knowledge and understanding of eating disorders;

  • devise and develop practical strategies for tackling the real time issues faced in helping those affected by eating disorders;

  • gain information about help and support available across the UK; and

  • discuss with other issues, concerns and strategies for supporting people affected by eating disorders.

For details of current courses see the training diary – diary.htm

Workshops can be varied depending on the training required, delivered in various formats and with the flexibility to meet the needs of people attending the training course. “A fascinating and positive experience. A difficult subject was presented with clarity and intelligence,” Past delegate.

To date they have provided training for a variety of organisations and professional groups including:

  • mental health teams,

  • primary care trusts,

  • GPs, nurses and occupational health workers,

  • schools, colleges and universities,

  • social workers,

  • connexions,

  • health clubs, and

  • housing authorities.

Mabel Blades

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