eating disorders

RCNi has a wide range of resources available to help nurses support patients with eating disorders back to health.

We have gathered together a selection of our features, comment and peer-reviewed clinical articles from Nursing Standard and specialist journals Mental Health Practice and Primary Health Care for you to read.


Shame, stigma and sexual dysfunction: the overlooked diabetes complications

Some physical and mental health issues common in people with diabetes are not discussed

Illustration of a woman with an eating disorder

Eating disorders: why mental health nurses’ role in recovery is crucial

Nurses are perfectly positioned to help and support people with eating disorders

Never turn someone away because they are ‘not thin enough’ to have anorexia

Challenge stigma around eating disorders and take opportunities to prevent illness escalating

Young woman with eating disorder

How to treat eating disorders in primary care

Three studies highlight the growing incidence of eating disorders in primary care

Rebecca Hackfath

Student’s treatment for eating disorder inspires her to become a mental health nurse

Rebecca Hackfath says personal experience of mental health issues could benefit the specialty

Genes illustration forming face. Picture: iStock

Physical causes of anorexia: how research may change the way nurses are trained

Findings could influence the care we provide and remove stigma for patients

Compassion in care

The highs and lows of being a patient with an eating disorder in emergency care

Service user James Downs on how compassionate nurses made him feel worthy of being cared for

Binge eating disorder: the effectiveness of brief group treatment

Binge eating disorder: the effectiveness of brief group treatment

Background There is minimal provision for people with binge eating disorder despite...

Nurse and young woman

Quality standard for eating disorders highlights need for closer liaison between teams

Eating disorders guidance from NICE calls for better coordination and earlier access to care

A tool to track links between menstruation and mental health

A tool to track links between menstruation and mental health

It is widely accepted that the premenstrual phase of the menstrual cycle affects the mental...

Tragedy of anorexia captured on stage

Lesley Warner reports on plays showing anorexia's emotional impact and malevolent nature

Averil Hart

MPs urge health service ombudsman to speed up investigations

Long-drawn-out ombudsman inquiries add to families’ trauma, MPs say

Hospital admissions for eating disorders double

The number of admissions to hospital for eating disorders nearly doubled in the seven years...

Eating disorder services need to change, nursing experts warn

Nurse leaders have vowed to tackle failing eating disorder services in England, in the wake...

Student with anorexia ‘failed by every NHS body that cared for her’, says ombudsman

Report on death of Averil Hart ‘should be a wake-up call to health leaders’ to make urgent...

Carers’ experiences of caring for a loved one with an eating disorder

Background Carers of people with an eating disorder describe feelings of stress, anxiety,...

Recognition and management of eating disorders in children and young people

Eating disorders form a group of mental health conditions characterised by abnormal eating...

Book review: 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder Workbook

Senior lecturer Dean-David Holyoake reviews 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder...

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