Obesity is a condition where an individual is considered very over weight, with a high amount of body fat. The most commonly used tool in diagnosis is the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is calculated based on weight and height. A BMI of 30 to 39.9 would indicate that an individual is obese, with anything higher falling into the category of severely obese. However it is important to note that this method has its downsides such as failing to account for muscle and bone density.Read more

Weight Management

Weight Management is a public health approach used to help people lose weight in a controlled way to obtain a healthier lifestyle and reduce risks associated with obesity and diabetes supplemented with education in nutrition and preparing meals to be effective and safe.Read more

Compulsive Exercise

Although Compulsive Exercise is not recognised as a primary disorder, it is a strong symptom of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. Often individual’s suffering from Bulimia Nervosa (BN) may use compulsive exercise as a means to control their bodyweight or to compensate for binge-eating episodes. An individual with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) will often use compulsive exercise to achieve further weight loss.Read more

Changing our Understanding of and Response to Eating Disorders

Solutions for Practitioners: Promoting Responses to Best Help those dealing With Eating Disorders. Preventative Attitudes to Eating Disorders: Promoting Positive Mental Health and Body Goals.Read more


Welcome to First Steps Eating Disorders - Read about the History and Progression of First Steps and What We Do, HereRead more


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EDISS Nottingham self-help Group

EDISS Nottingham runs regular self-help groups on an ‘every-other week’ basis during term-time.Read more

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If you feel you would like to access our service you can complete our online referral form.Read more


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Parents and carers

Parents and siblings are often overlooked as carers but their support and understanding can be crucial to help a sufferer. We run Skills for Carers workshops offering a toolbox of skills for tackling eating disorder difficulties that is person and family centred and assures supported self-care.Read more

Bespoke Training

Unique Eating Disorders Specialist Training for Professionals This foundation course aims to raise awareness and knowledge around eating disorders. Additionally, the course demonstrates a range of support tools that can be adapted in various professional settings. It will not train you in a specific approach. Please find an insight into the course below.Read more

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of all sufferers are male, however these are only estimates and the true figure is unknownRead more


1.25 million people are estimated to have a diagnosed eating disorder in the UK, although the true scale of the issue is unknown. First Steps ED is here to help those suffering with eating disorders without the need for a diagnosis.Read more


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Research students

First Steps recognises the importance of research and its impact on eating disorders knowledge and services.Read more

Hungry for Words

Hungry for Words was an event that took place at The University of Nottingham, with the aim of exploring how pupils dealt with their everyday stresses.Read more