It is estimated that 1% to 2% of adolescents in the border region develop some form of eating disorder and it is more common in females. The aim of the project is to intervene at an early stage with the provision of therapeutic services for people suffering from moderate eating disorders. An additional 12-person team of specialist eating disorder therapists will be employed in the border region to provide specialist therapy for patients in primary care and community settings. In the longer term this should result in savings by preventing patients becoming severely ill and in turn requiring specialist inpatient care, often abroad. It is estimated that around 1,000 people with eating disorders will benefit from the additional European Union investment.