JEDS (Jersey Eating Disorders Support)
Who are JEDS?
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.
JEDS aim to raise public awareness and encourage education about eating disorders within Jersey and 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 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
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
- Compulsive Overeating
What are the signs of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)?
- 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
What do JEDS 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.
When restrictions lift, JEDS will be holding separate meetings for each group at the Jersey Library as follows:
- 6-7pm for those caring for a loved one with an eating disorder
- 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.
JEDS 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 they are ready to seek help and take charge or the situation. JEDS provide the support they need to help them make these decisions.
They also offer free counselling and peer support.
How old do I need to be to use JEDS?
They 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.