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JEDS (Jersey Eating Disorders Support)


Extent: Jersey
Updated 23 June 2020

Who We Are

JEDS stands for Jersey Eating Disorders Support which is a registered local Jersey Charity providing support for those affected by eating disorders and their families and friends.

JEDs was set up over 30 years ago and became a registered charity in 1998. The aim of the charity is to provide a safe space where people can share their experiences.  It is for those living with an eating disorder and the people supporting them.  

We aim to raise public awareness and encourage education about eating disorders within Jersey.

JEDS is run by a group of people who have either experienced an eating disorder or they have been involved in caring for someone with one. 

What We Do

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic JEDS currently holds support group meetings by Zoom every Monday evening from 6.30 - 7.30pm for those living with an eating disorder and those who care for them.  Once we are able to, we will be holding seperate meetings for each group at the Jersey Library.  6-7pm for those caring for a loved one with an eating disorder and 7.30-8.30pm for those living with an eating disorder.  

The purpose of the meetings is to provide a safe space where people can share their experiences.  The opportunity to be heard and supported by JEDS is open not just to people directly affected by an eating disorder but to people who care for and are supporting someone who is affected.

We think that when you're able to share a personal story with others who are experiencing similar challenges, it help..... JEDS is here to support you. 

At JEDS we will encourage our group members to seek professional help and if ready, embark on a professional treatment programme. As with any disorder, it is best  to allow the person affected to decide when/if they are ready to seek help and take charge or the situation.  At JEDS we provide the support they need to help them make these decisions.

We also offer free counselling and peer support.  Please email if you

What are the signs of anorexia and bulimia?

  • Weight loss or unusual weight changes
  • In girls, periods irregular or stopping
  • Missing meals, eating very little and avoiding 'fattening foods'
  • Avoiding eating in public, secret eating, consuming large amounts of food
  • Believing they are fat when underweight
  • Exercising excessively
  • Becoming preoccupied with food, cooking for other people
  • Going to the bathroom or toilet immediately after meals
  • Using laxatives and vomiting to control weight.

Other eating disorders

  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
  • Compulsive Overeating

Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Signs of binge eating:

  • Eating, much more rapidly than usual
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
  • Eating alone because of embarrassment at the quantities of food consumed
  • Feeling out of control around food
  • Feeling very self conscious eating in front of others
  • Feeling ashamed, depressed or guilty after bingeing

 Who to contact

Contact Name

Karen Dingle

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Time / Date Details

When is it on

Every Monday from 6.30-7.30pm.

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Referral required


Referral Details

Further information can be obtained by contacting Karen Dingle, Chairperson.

Other notes

Facilitators have experience of eating disorders over a number of years and are either carers, recovered or are in recovery from an eating disorder themselves.

We are an adult group catering for anyone over 18 years of age but younger people are welcome with an older friend or relative over 18.

Telephone or e-mail for more information and help.

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