What are Eating Disorders?

The Hertfordshire Community Eating Disorders Service (CEDS) is a county-wide service based in Welwyn Garden City. It is part of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are complex psychological problems that can cause intense distress, considerable physical risk and impairment in people’s social, occupational and other areas of functioning. The main types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Atypical Eating Disorders or sometimes referred to as EDNOS (i.e. Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). Atypical eating disorders include Binge Eating Disorder , Atypical Anorexia Nervosa and Atypical Bulimia Nervosa.  

Who is the service for?

The Hertfordshire Community Eating Disorders Service offers a service for adults who have moderate to severe eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and atypical eating disorders including binge eating disorder.

We do not treat individuals with obesity (unless they have an additional eating disorder) or individuals with loss of appetite or other conditions that involve significant weight loss that is due to physical illness.

Who works in the community eating disorders service?

Our multi-disciplinary team consists of staff with a variety of professional training backgrounds such as psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, nurse specialists, a dietician, an assistant psychologist, a support worker and administrative staff.

What does the service provide?

We offer assessment and treatment for individuals with eating disorders as well as support for families and carers.

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