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There’s no single cause for why people might develop an Eating Disorder. ; ANYONE can develop an Eating Disorder, regardless of Age, Ethnicity, Gender or background.  The official statistics state that between 0.5-6% of young people have an Eating Disorder.

What we know helps is a specialist service recognising and responding to the problem early. Family Therapy is commonly recognised as the most effective form of therapy, however this does not work for everyone, and there is a range of different therapies to choose from.

Trafford Eating Disorder Service is a specialist community service made up of specialist practitioners, family therapists, a psychotherapist and a consultant psychiatrist. We see young people up to the age of 18 who are struggling with difficult thoughts about food and/or their body image. You do not need to have been diagnosed with an eating disorder or be underweight to see us.

We provide assessment and support for young people and their families at various stages of having an eating disorder, whether that be someone who is at a “pre eating disorder” stage who might be beginning to experience difficulties to supporting young people and their families who may require an admission to hospital.  Our aim is to help support young people to stay at home wherever possible.

The people around us can often be the first people that notice something is wrong. Parents and carers can help by naming the problem and helping refer to services as soon as possible.