Eating disorders

Extent: Jersey
Updated 6 March 2017

What are the most common eating disorders

1. Anorexia Nervosa: Often called the slimming disease. Usually affects teenage girls and young women, however approximately ten per cent of sufferers are boys and young men. Sufferers are frequently obsessed with exercise and calorific value of foods. Severe cases might need hospital treatment, but if the condition is recognised early this can be avoided and supportive psychotherapy, nutritional counselling and family therapy can be effective.

Bulimia: Typically overeating (bingeing) followed by purging and/or vomiting.

Compulsive eating: Leading to obesity.

Self-help groups


·         The Jersey Eating Disorders Support.

·         For all eating disorders. Meets on the second Monday of every month at The Willows Day Centre, Green Street, St. Helier, JE2 4ZD Start: 7.30 pm. For further information, telephone Laura on 07797799586

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Centres for help

3. There are many centres which offer help. It is important to get advice from your doctor and from the local help groups who have had experience with some of these centres and can give you full details of the help available and the charges.

4. Children and adolescents in Jersey are referred by GP's and other professionals to:-

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS),

Royde House, 21 Midvale Road, St Helier, telephone-445030 for case management. Young people are usually managed on an out-patient basis unless medical reasons make it necessary to admit them to the paediatric ward of the General Hospital. Older patients may be admitted to a medical or psychiatric ward.

The Psychological Assessment and Therapy Service, Overdale

5. Referrals can be made to the Psychological Assessment and Therapy Service by GP's and local support group staff. Self referrals are also accepted and a patient's GP is immediately involved to ensure physical monitoring. Telephone 444550.

Psychiatric Outpatients' Department, General Hospital

6. Referrals are made by GP's and hospital departments or following admission to the Accident and Emergency Department. In or out-patient treatment is provided depending on the patient's need under the supervision of a consultant psychiatrist, who will devise an individual treatment programme.

Eating Disorder Team

7. The Eating Disorder Team is a mental health community team. They are based at the Psychiatric Outpatients' Department, General Hospital. Referral is usually through a GP. Telephone number for the Team is 442717.

8. The service is available for any one who has concerns about eating disorders or requires advice and/or information.