News and Events

This page contains details of research projects, conferences and events, and carers workshops which might be of interest to anyone concerned about eating disorders. Eating Disorders Awareness Week, National Carers Week and the Carers/ Family Conference are annual events. Details and links are provided below:

 Conferences & National Events

  • February 2017 – Eating Disorders Awareness Week , Sock it to Eating Disorders
  • March 2017 – London International Eating Disorders Conference 2017
  • 6-8 June 2017 International Conference for Eating Disorders Prague
  • 8-14 June 2015 – National Carers Week
  • June 23rd 2017 – Annual Carers Conference
  • November 17th – Men Get Eating Disorders Too National Conference

Research Projects

Research is essential to ensure people with eating disorders are given the best chance. There are various research projects ongoing which you might be interested in joining.


Eating Disorders Awareness Week – February 2017

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an international awareness event, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround eating disorders. The week will run from 27 February to 5 March 2017. This year, Beat’s EDAW activities will focus on early intervention, a key part of Beat’s work – the earlier someone can enter treatment for an eating disorder, the greater their chance of recovery.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a chance to raise awareness and understanding of this serious mental illness, challenge stereotypes and stigmas and raise funds for Beat.

During Eating Disorders Awareness Week, get together with work colleagues, friends or family to fundraise for Beat and help us support people affected by eating disorders and their families, friends and carers.

Sock It

On top of all that, we’ll have our annual Sock It to Eating Disorders day on 3 March, where we encourage you to join supporters across the nation and wear your silliest socks, snap a #SockItSelfie, and raise vital funds for Beat. If that’s not your thing, we’d love for you to get involved in a different way – get in touch with our fundraising team at if you’ve got an idea for an event and they’ll be happy to give you advice to help make it a success!
How will you wear yours? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Organise a silly socks day at work or school and ask everyone to donate £1
  • Decorate your socks in Beat colours
  • Take part in a sponsored event in your silliest socks
  • Knit, crochet or make your own socks and sell them to your friends and family or on Ebay for Beat
  • Encourage your sports team to wear silly socks for a match or training session
  • Make and sell sock shaped cookies

Beat would love to hear what you’re doing, email or call 01603 753336 and don’t forget to send us your pictures for our Sock it to eating disorders photo gallery!

You will help us continue to support people affected by eating disorders. Beat’s helplines provide a vital lifeline and we rely on donations to keep them open six days a week for everyone who needs them. You can help people like this caller:

“I couldn’t have gone to see my GP without contacting Beat first and talking to someone on their helpline. I felt so low and so desperate and felt that no one was going to believe me or take any notice of me. Beat saved my life.”

London International Eating Disorders Conference

The 13th London International Eating Disorders Conference is scheduled for the 22, 23 & 24 March 2017.

The London Eating Disorders Conference is one of the leading and most respected conferences in the field. Dr Ian Frampton has joined Dr Rachel Bryant-Waugh as Conference Organiser, and also Professor Kenneth Nunn has joined the team as Scientific Adviser. All three are leading authorities in the field of eating disorders and are putting together a world class programme that will attract speakers and delegates from around the world.

The conference appeals to all medical and healthcare professionals who are interested in the assessment and treatment of those affected by eating disorders and who would like to learn more about the very latest developments in this field.

International Conference for Eating Disorders Prague 6-8 June 2017 –

Eating disorders affect people all over the world. They are found in all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, body shapes and weights. To address the broad scope of eating disorders, diverse approaches are needed. Embracing this diversity is the goal of the 2017 International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), hosted by the Academy of Eating Disorders, June 8-10, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

Carers Week – 12 – 18 June 2017

Carers Week takes place every year to recognise and celebrate the 6.5 million people throughout the UK caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail or has a disability.

Every day at least 6,000 people start caring. Becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person’s life – it takes time, energy, can leave you isolated and can be costly.

Some 2,000 organisations will be involved in over 10,000 Carers Week Prepared to Care? events. Registration for groups keen to participate will open in late February.

Carers Conference  June 23rd 2017–

The annual carers conference will be held on June 23rd 2017 at the Institute of Psychiatry in Denmark Hill, London.

Professor Janet Treasure OBE and Gill Todd RMN, MSc, have produced an exciting programme of speakers who are delighted to share their views informed by research, knowledge and experience based around working and living with Eating Disorders. The day is aimed at all Carers of people with Eating Disorders including professionals. The day will also include the book launch for the 2nd edition of “Skills-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder” by Treasure, Smith and Crane.

Men Get Eating Disorders Too National Conference 2017 –

MGEDToo  second national conference will take place on Friday 17th November in Brighton. The theme  will be ‘Exploring Body Dissatisfaction in Men and Improving their Self-Esteem.’