Eating Disorder Support- Approach Help

Why I hate Eating Disorders? Because Eating Disorders are lethal and they kill.  All forms of eating disorders are dangerous. So Please Seek Help and Go for Recovery.

Sufi Mystics say the secret of the Qur’an lies in the verse  Al-Fatiha,

And the secret of Al-Fatiha lies in Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

And the quintessence of Bismillah is the letter ba,

And there is a dot below that letter….

The underneath the B embodies the entire universe….

The Mathnawi starts with B,

Your recovery Starts with

It is important to note that eating disorders usually cannot be treated by only one provider using one approach. A common approach to treatment is to use the treatment team approach. This team is usually comprised of a nutritionist, psychiatrist, physician and a counseling practitioner. Using Islamic Healing approaches is just one of many promising treatments to help treat the complexity of eating disorders.

Eating Disorder Support

Below is a list of some charities, support groups and helplines that you may find helpful.


Beat is the world’s largest eating disorders charity. It provides support and information to anyone affected by eating disorders, including sufferers, their family members and friends, professionals and anyone who wants to find out more about eating disorders.
Beat Adult Helpline (over 18s)  0845 634 1414  (Monday to Friday, 10.30am-8.30pm; Saturday, 1.00pm-4.30pm)
or email
Beat Youthline (for those aged 25 or under)  0845 634 7650  (Monday to Friday, 4.30pm-8.30pm; Saturday, 1.00pm-4.30pm)
or email
Beat offers a callback service, so that you can save the cost of the call. The Youthline also offers a text service – text ‘call back’ to  07786 201820  for a free callback. They aim to return calls within 24 hours and during Youthline opening hours.

Men Get Eating Disorders Too
‘Men Get Eating Disorders Too’ is an award-winning charitable organisation seeking to raise awareness of eating disorders in men so that they are able to recognise their symptoms and access support when they need it.
The website provides essential information that is specific to the unique needs of men and an online space for them to get their voices heard. It also offers peer support via a forum.

A confidential listening service for people who are suicidal or in despair. Sometimes what you’d really like is someone just to listen without judging you. Maybe then you’d figure out the answer yourself, or at least have got a load off your mind. That’s what the Samaritans are here for.
Helpline:  08457 909090  (24hrs, every day)

SANE runs a national, out-of-hours helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.
Helpline:  0845 767 8000  (6pm–11pm, every day)

Mind provides somewhere to turn to for advice and support for anyone with a mental health problem. Mind has a collection of information booklets that covers over 60 topics.
Information line:  0300 123 3393  (Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm)

Provides advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems including people who use services, carers, family and friends.
Advice line:  0300 5000 927  (Monday to Friday, 10am–1pm)

Ringing the number above will get you through to a trained consultant who can help point you toward the help you need.
Telephone:  0300 100 1234  (Monday to Thursday, 8am–10pm; Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 9am–5pm)

Young Minds
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. If offers information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. It also has publications for children, young people, parents and professionals that are free to download: titles include ‘Young People Get Depressed Too’ and ‘Entering Adulthood’.

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association (SWEDA)
SWEDA was set up to provide support and services to those affected by eating disorders and those who care for and about them. Their website has lots of resource links and leaflets.

Northumberland and Tyne NHS Foundation Trust
Offers 12 free booklets on common mental health problems including sleep, depression, anger, stress, bereavement and panic.

Get Self Help
Offers free downloadable cognitive-behaviour therapy self-help and therapist resources.

NHS Choices: overcoming eating disorders information
Information and advice about overcoming eating disorders for sufferers, family and friends.

Support Groups

Ever thought of joining a support group for your Eating Disorder? A support group is an opportunity for you to know that you are not alone in your struggle. It is a safe and contained space where you can share your experiences, be heard and supported by people who have been through and/or are going through the same difficulties


Support groups may be useful for those who would like support between their assessment and the start of treatment.

Beat self-help and support groups
Beat has a range of self-help and support groups catering for the differing needs of people affected by eating disorders. All current Beat groups are open to anyone within the ‘client group’ they specify. The groups can provide you with an opportunity to meet other people who may be in a similar situation, and to share experiences or just to listen.
Find out more about Beat support groups.

King’s College London SRSH Student Support Group
This group provides support to students over the age of 18 affected by eating disorders. The group is run by trained student volunteers and offers a confidential space to talk about student life and recovery.
KCL, Southwark, London, SE1 9NH
Contact: KCL Student Volunteer, email

UCL SRSH Student Support Group
This group provides support to students over the age of 18 affected by eating disorders. The group is run by trained student volunteers and offers a confidential space to talk about student life and recovery.
UCL Students Union, London

Central London Self Help and Support Group for Sufferers
The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday evening of the month. You must call before attending the group. No calls or groups in August.
All Souls Clubhouse (blue front door), 141 Cleveland Street, Westminster, London W1T 6QG
Contact: Sue  07591 162 553  (Sunday, 8.30pm-10pm only; Sue will not respond to voicemail or text messages)
Fee: £5 each meeting attended

London N3 Self Help and Support Group for Sufferers
Golders Green, London
Service deals with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, EDNOS, with or without borderline personality disorder. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month, from 10.30am to 11.45am (no group meeting on August). Coffee /tea available from 10.15. Please get in touch before attending the group meeting.
Fee: free for Barnet Enfield or Haringey residents, £10 for others. Medical students and student nurses and NHS HCPs welcome without charge (proof required)
Contact: Fenella  07962 392908 ; Fenella will not respond to text messages

Sweet Cavanagh
Sweet Cavanagh is a London-based social enterprise that provides support and employment for women leaving treatment for addictions and eating disorders. It acts as a peer-led aftercare service giving women a safe environment to build their self-esteem and adjust to leaving inpatient care. Its main aim is help women stay clean, sober and healthy while they return to society and grow their strength. Each member is given the tools and training to design and make jewellery.

Online forums

Beat – Live Chat
Live Chat is Beat’s online service where you can talk to others who are in a similar situation in a safe environment in real time.
Youth Live Chat (young people up to 25yrs old): join us every Monday and Friday, 5.30-6.45pm
Adult Live Chat: join us every second, third and fourth Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm-7.45pm

Sane – support forum

Sane’s support forum provides a space where you can offer and receive mutual support through sharing your thoughts, feelings and experiences of the difficulties and challenges that can arise from living with mental illness.

Family and friends

Beat Carers’ Forum
The Beat Carers’ Forum is an online community dedicated to carers, where you can find information and access support, talking to other people who have supported someone with an eating disorder.
By registering on the forum you can access the dedicated message boards, participate in live chats with other carers and download a range of information to help you provide the best possible support.

Eating disorders and carers
The London Carers Group is a self-help group run by and for carers of people with eating disorders or those living with someone who they think might have an eating disorder.

The New Maudsley Approach
This website provides parents and carers of people with eating disorders with a toolkit to help educate, empower and equip them to deal more effectively with the stressful caring role.

Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. If offers information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. It also has publications for children, young people, parents and professionals that are free to download: titles include ‘Young People Get Depressed Too’ and ‘Entering Adulthood’.
Parents’ Helpline (free):  0808 802 5544  (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm) or email or chat online to a trained advisor (Monday–Friday, 11am–1pm).


Residential Treatments

Eating disorder treatment are expensive, but they are necessary for a survival and a wellbeing of the person. A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry estimated that the mortality rates for eating disorders were 4 percent for anorexia, 3.9 percent for bulimia and 5.2 percent for unspecified eating disorders. Death may be caused by the physical effects of malnutrition or dangerous purging behaviors, but it may also come about as a result of severe depression and suicide. When you consider the risks of living with an eating disorder, the cost of treatment seems minimal by comparison.

5 thoughts on “Eating Disorder Support- Approach Help

  1. Sabrina says:

    Thanks a lot for posting these links. I’ve just now in the past hour realized that I may have an eating disorder – I believe it may be anorexia. Unbelievable! I’ve always been teased by my brothers that I’m anorexic, but to this day, I’ve felt that it could never in a million years happen to me – i’m too confident a person – or so I believed.

    For now, I dont know if i’ll be sharing this news with anyone but I will take a look at the websites you’ve mentioned – Jazak Allah for this valuable information. Could you please tell me about any support groups located in Saudi Arabia?

    May the Almighty SWT reward you for your generosity, aameen.

  2. Maha Khan says:

    Dear Sabrina,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment. Mashallah this shows a lot of courage to identify the illness by yourself. Eating Disorders are very complex and at times it’s an innocent diet or a life changing event that may cause our abnormal relationship with food that may turn into something that is beyond our contemplation.
    It depends where you are in Saudi. The Saudi government has recently passed a Mental Health Act (MHA) that focuses primarily on mental health problems. There are many hospitals that deal with mental health problems and deliver basic outpatient, inpatient, and emergency services. Child and adolescent services are delivered through mental health facilities in children and maternity hospitals, academic universities, and in specialized and general hospitals. However, with Eating Disorders, I don’t have any information on Eating Disorder Treatment centres OR SUPPORT GROUPS in SA. Please accept my sincerest apologies on that.

    I ONLY KNOW ABOUT MEEDA- an organization that is dealing with cases of Eating disorders in Middle East- they offer good services and can guide you towards appropriate services in your area. is an organization that deals with Eating Disorders in Middle East.

    People can, and do, recover from eating disorders, but professional help is almost always required. Unfortunately, the longer symptoms are denied or ignored, the more difficult recovery will be. It’s important to seek help immediately.

    While there are many different routes to treatment, virtually all of them begin with seeing an eating disorder specialist. Usually this individual is a psychologist who has deep experience and training in helping a person with anorexia. A physical examination and workup by a medical doctor is also an initial part of the standard treatment of anorexia, to understand and begin addressing the physical problems that may have occurred as a result of the disorder. Psychotherapy for Anorexia

    Psychotherapy is the most common treatment for anorexia and can be very helpful in addressing not only your disordered eating, but also your overall emotional health and happiness. Indeed, the focus of psychotherapy treatment will be to address the underlying emotional and cognitive issues that result in the disordered eating. offers services to people across the SA. IS GOOD FOR CBT The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder

    Online support group is also very good.

    Do let me know if you want more information on International support groups you can join. Also if you would like some more information and E-resources, then please let me know and I can E-mail them to you. I have an E-copy of Mom Please Help, Anorexia Bulimia home treatment program to cure Anorexia bulimia. This program has helped hundreds to a better life.

    Lots of well wishes for your health


  3. Sabrina says:

    Thank you for your prompt response, Maha, and for the links. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you; I have a tremendous load of assignments and projects to do for my master’s degree and I’m almost always on the go. I’ve just joined and I’ll definitely read up on this topic on the other websites you’ve mentioned. I’d love to have the e-copy of Mom Please Help and the home treatment you spoke of in your reply – thanks.

    The funny thing is, I’m an educator and to me, teaching is not just a job, it’s my calling. I suppose when you get so caught up in trying to juggle so many things – work, family, studies, life! – peace of mind just becomes a distant dream and everything gets woven into a complicated web and before you know it, you have no time for anything – especially, for yourself.

    I’m trying my best to refocus on what’s important – turning to Allah SWT – HE has all the answers. Wish me luck:). Thanks for being there for me, Maha – may Allah SWT reward your for your kindness and grant you peace and happiness of this life and in the Hereafter, aameen.

    Take care

  4. Britanica says:

    Thank you for this list. I know quite a number of people who have issues with eating disorders and it is sad and scary. I want to help but I know I am powerless because I too, one had one. Nothing any friend or family can say will make it go away. The only reason mine stopped was because of a greater fear of sickness than being “fat”. Anyways, I hope this guides someone to the help they need. God wants all to be well.

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