Die Essies- self-support group for people with eating disorders

Region: Jena


  • counselling and information for people with eating disorders, their parents, friends and relatives
  • offering support in finding ambulant therapists
  • offering support in finding clinics specialized in eating disorders
  • huge supply of handouts
  • workshops

Clinical picture

Eating disorders describe illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape.

Eating disturbances may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can ultimately damage an individual's well-being. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder and affect both females and males.

requirements for participants:

  • self-motivation
  • willingness to undergo medical treatment

criterion for exclusion:

  • addiction to alcohol, remedies  or drugs
  • anxiety or phobia
  • extreme cachexia
  • to be at risk of suicide 

Group meetings


every Thursday 07:00 pm - 8:30 pm


IKOS Jena, Kastanienstraße 11, AWO Zentrum Lobeda, 07747 Jena


Contact person

David Rätzer

Mobil: 0162 9661725