Eating disorder treatment programs for LGBTQIA+ people

Eating disorders are common in the LGBTQIA+ community. Research has consistently shown that LGBTQIA+ adults and adolescents are more likely to experience eating disorders than their cisgender and/or heterosexual peers. (1)

While the cause of eating disorders remains elusive, strong evidence suggests that genetic, environmental, and cultural influences are involved. For LGBTQIA+ individuals, there are additional factors to consider when selecting treatment options.

This article provides an overview of eating disorder treatment programs for LGBTQIA+ people and how to help those who struggle with eating disorders to find meaningful care that can lead to long term healing.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Discusses the intersection between sexual orientation, gender identity, and eating disorders
  • Provides statistics and research on the prevalence of eating disorders among LGBTQIA+ individuals
  • Outlines the unique risk factors that contribute to higher rates of eating disorders in this community, including stigma, discrimination, and social pressures

About Eating Disorders


Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. It began life in 1989 as the first national charity for people with eating disorders because of a merger of two local charities. Called the Eating Disorders Association, it has grown and developed over time to become Beat.

It exists to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. It aims to be a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered. 

Anorexia and Bulimia Care

ABC is a national UK eating disorders organisation with over 30 years of experience. It provides on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends. ABC works tirelessly to increase awareness and understanding of eating disorders through talks, training and campaigns for change.

ABC has a separate parents helpline, befriending service and meal support programme. 

The New Maudsley Approach

The purpose of this website is to provide professionals, parents and carers of people with eating disorders, with a toolkit to help educate, empower and equip them to deal more effectively with the stressful caring role. The New Maudsley model is designed to equip carers with a similar skill set to that used in an inpatient setting. The New Maudsley model is intended to be used in conjunction with treatment, as opposed to a treatment in its own right. This website contains lots of useful information and has several research projects ongoing which both carers and sufferers can get involved in.

Dr Pamela MacDonald who manages this website also offers carer telephone coaching.

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