Self-Referral and Private Treatment for Eating Disorders

Treatment can be self-funded or covered by private medical insurance.

Our goal is to help people overcome eating disorders and provide them with the best care possible.

Treatment costs are dependent on your needs and a package can be tailored to suit the individual.

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Private medical insurance

ABBI Clinic is a registered and approved provider for all private medical insurance companies, including:

  • AXA
  • BUPA
  • AVIVA
  • VITAITY
  • WPA
  • CIGNA

The first step in starting your treatment journey is to contact us so we can discuss your specific needs and answer any questions you may have.

To ensure that your policy covers the type of treatment you require, you should check with your private medical insurer. 

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Parents & carers

Are you worried about someone with an eating disorder, or concerned that a loved one might need help? We have collated a selection of helpful information about eating disorders.

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, eating disorders are relatively common, affecting individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of eating disorders has increased and it is estimated that there are approximately 1.25 million people living with an eating disorder in the UK. Around 25% of those are male.

Causes of eating disorders are multifactorial, including genetic predisposition (family history of eating disorder or other mental health condition), psychological factors (depression, anxiety, fear of being overweight, being a perfectionist), societal pressures (social media, having a job or hobby where size matters), and individual experiences (abuse, bullying, personal criticism about diet/eating, family tension).

People may develop eating disorders due to a combination of genetic, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental factors.

Eating disorders are mental health conditions characterised by abnormal eating patterns, thoughts, and behaviours that often have serious physical and emotional consequences. This can include eating excessively or not eating enough. It can lead to preoccupation with food and dietary patterns. They can also include other compensatory behaviours such as self-induced vomiting or misuse/overuse of medication. They can have a serious impact on all aspects of an individual’s life.