Beat is the UK's only nationwide organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders, their family members and friends, and campaigning on their behalf. We are also the world's largest eating disorders charity.
Our activities are designed to increase knowledge, awareness and understanding of eating disorders; to provide support, help and information to people directly affected; and to increase the understanding and skills of professional staff.
We run telephone helplines; local support groups; and this website, which includes information, message boards and online chat. Last year we had direct contact with 250,000 individuals, and many, many thousands more through our website and the media.
We are lucky enough to have a great network of volunteers who support us; around 80% of our work is carried out by volunteers. They work on the helplines, run support groups, speak to the media, get involved in research, and carry out vital local fundraising.
Beat's vision is simple: eating disorders will be beaten.