Worldwide Charter for Action on Eating Disorders


6 basic rights outlined in the Charter…

…to communication/partnership with health professionals

…to comprehensive assessment and treatment planning

…to accessible, high quality, fully funded, specialised care

…to respectful, fully-informed, age-appropriate, safe levels of care

…to carers to be informed, valued and respected as a treatment resource

…of carers to accessible, appropriate support and education [...]

Book – Skills-based caring …

 Skills based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: the New Maudsley Method’ by Professor Janet Treasure, Gráinne Smith, Anna Crane, published by Routledge, June 2007.  (Now available in Japanese as well as English!)

A practical book for family and other informal carers, based on a wealth of experience and research by a [...]

Publications – eating disorders

Now on bookshelves across the world including Canada, Australia, USA, UK…

‘Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family’ (pub 2004, John Wiley and Sons)

When my daughter, aged 23, told me she’s been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, binge-purge type, the words anorexia and bulimia were on the very edge of my vocabulary; I knew nothing at [...]

Petition – eating disorders

NEEDS Scotland and SEDIG led the campaign for better resources e.g. training, to encourage early recognition of these devastating addictive/compulsive illnesses which affect the whole family as well as the person who has the eating disorder e.g. anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

Early recognition may mean the difference between life and death, especially in anorexia, recovery [...]

Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group

As a former committee member of SEDIG, I was also editor of SEDIG News for 3 years.

SEDIG is a dynamic and growing group of professionals, carers, and people who have recovered from an eating disorder, who meet regularly to discuss the best ways to support anyone – including family members and other informal carers [...]

NEEDS Scotland

I’ve been an active member of North East Eating Disorders Support (Scotland) for several years now.  NEEDS Scotland is a registered Scottish charity meeting regularly in Aberdeen, which offers confidential support and information on eating disorders.

Last year I handed over as chair person to Heather, though I still help out as a facilitator or [...]

Worldwide Charter for Eating Disorders

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In 2006, along with Eric van Furth from the Netherlands, I helped to launch the Worldwide Charter for Action on Eating Disorders at International Conference for Eating Disorders (ICED) Barcelona where over 900 delegates representing countries all over the world.  I spoke to people from Japan, Australia, Canada, France, [...]