Leave a legacy to support eating disorders

While UK Charities have seen legacy income grow 10% in the past decade, England has the lowest of all home nations. Read more

Experience of parents of people with an eating disorder

Relationship between compassion and predictors of depression in parents of people with an eating disorder. Name of researcher: Pamela Fox, Trainee Clinical Psychologist. Research Organisation: Canterbury Christ Church University. Read more

Research students

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


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

Body Image Workshop

Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. Dieting, drive for thinness, and body dissatisfaction are unhealthy actions and ideals that are often communicated to us from a young age through peers, international press and across social media. Read more


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

Funders and Partners

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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

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of all sufferers are male, however these are only estimates and the true figure is unknown Read 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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