According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), a minimum of 30 million people in the United States are afflicted by eating disorders, which also happens to be the category of mental illnesses with the highest mortality rate. As with other mental conditions, there is a lot of stigma and shame associated with suffering from an eating disorder. The good news is that treatment is available and many individuals are able to recover completely and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. There are plenty of resources offering education, support, referrals, personal stories, and advice and we've compiled the most notable ones in the guide below.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization providing support to individuals and families dealing with feed and eating disorders. Some of the resources offered by NEDA include a toll-free helpline, a web-based screening tool, and a blog discussing relevant topics. The organization also advocates for prevention, treatment, and cure and organizes walks to support its efforts in the fight against eating disorders.
The American Psychiatric Association's website presents a wealth of information on topics related to feed and eating disorders. It provides detailed description and available treatment for the most common disorders. In addition there are numerous blog posts, patient stories, an Expert Q&A section, and media articles.
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) is the oldest non-profit organization in the United States offering resources to those struggling with eating disorders. ANAD promotes education, awareness, and prevention and assists with resources such as support groups, mentorship, treatment referrals, and special programs such as "Grocery Buddy." The organization also has a blog and a YouTube channel featuring educational programming.
The Alliance is a non-profit organization offering education, advocacy, programs, and activities for individuals affected by editing disorders. Services provided by the organization include support groups for sufferers and their families, treatment referrals through FindEDHelp and educational presentations for schools and other facilities. Their Psychological Services program offers low-cost, unlimited treatment sessions to uninsured and low-income individuals.
A global non-profit organization with phone support in six countries, F.E.A.S.T. provides education and support to the parents of individuals suffering from eating disorders. The organization is led by other parents offering guidance to families looking to help a loved one with an eating disorder. Some of the resources available include self-help guides and videos, classes, information on currently available trials and research studies, news, discussion forums, blog posts and personal stories.
A non-profit organization serving New England, MEDA offers education and support services to anyone affected by an eating disorder. The organization has in-person and online support groups, and an extensive network of treatment providers and facilities. Their website includes a wealth of educational resources, recovery stories from individuals, as well as links to sign up for participation in various eating disorders research studies.
IAEDP is a non-profit organization providing training and certification to professionals treating eating disorders. Their online professional journal "The Eating Disorders Review" discusses the latest in treatment and surrounding issues, and the annual Symposium is attended by professionals from all over the world.
Eating Disorder Hope includes an abundance of resources for individuals looking for information and support with eating disorder issues. The website has educational articles for each disorder, information on research studies and tests, treatment providers directory, and support groups. Other available resources include self-help tips, blog posts, inspirational stories, book recommendations, and a calendar of upcoming events.
Bev Mattocks is the mother of a boy who suffered from and overcame anorexia nervosa. In addition to documenting the journey of her son's illness and recovery, the blog provides information and raises awareness of eating disorders in boys.
This blog was written by Dr. Stacey M. Rosenfeld, a certified eating disorders specialist, who also published a book by the same name. Even though Dr. Rosenfeld no longer updates this award-winning blog in order to focus on her therapy practice, we decided to include it in our list of resources as its hundreds of posts offer a wealth of information and hope for women suffering from eating disorders and body image issues.
Follow the Intuition is published by eating disorder recovery coach Elisa Oras, who struggled with a number of eating disorders until 2014. After her recovery, she wanted to help others overcome the afflictions of eating disorders and extreme dieting by sharing her story and newfound knowledge and experiences with conditions such as bulimia, orthorexia, and overexercising. She also offers a free eating disorder recovery Q&A e-book through this site.
Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin is a psychoanalyst specializing in eating disorders and body image issues, and the author of this award-winning blog. She uses her professional knowledge and personal experience with eating disorders to offer advice and encouragement to others on the path to recovery. Her blog also includes guest posts and several free guides offering tips and advice on dealing with various food- and weight-related issues.
This app allows users to keep a log of their meals and moods as well as set various reminders. It can be used independently or linked with the Clinician app of your therapist so you can share records, progress, goals, and messages. You can also exchange words of encouragements and virtual gifts with other app users.
This app is designed to help individuals stay in control of negative feelings such as stress, depression, anger, and anxiety, which are often experienced by those suffering from eating disorders. The app employs popular methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and is packed with helpful features such as a diary, habit tracker, breathing techniques, forums, encouraging quotes, and grounding games.
UCSD EatingDisorders - @UCSD_EDC
The Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research at UCSD shares information about research, events, and treatment options.
The Meadows Ranch - @TheMeadowsRanch
The Arizona-based Meadows Ranch offers treatment for anorexia and bulimia, and shares blog posts, upcoming events information, and words of encouragement for individuals affected by eating disorders.
International Eating Disorder Family Support - @IEDFamSupport
This group shares information on eating disorders from various sources.
EDCoalition - @EDCoalition
The Eating Disorders Coalition is a federal organization advocating for increased awareness of eating disorders in the United States.
by Jenni Schaefer
Recommended by a number of professionals, this book details Jenni's struggle with an eating disorder and how she overcame by learning to treat it as a relationship and not an illness. The book features practical exercises and compassionate advice from a patient and her therapist.
by Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA)
This book shares the illness and recovery experiences of individuals who used the Twelve-Step program to overcome their eating disorders. The first part of the book details the Twelve-Step approach and how it can be used to overcome any eating disorder. The second half features the real-life stories of individuals affected by eating disorders.
by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb
The authors of this book share their personal struggles with overcoming eating disorders in detail. Combining the perspectives of a patient and her therapist, the book guides the reader through the therapy process of healing and recovery and the various emotions experienced on the way.
by Katja Rowell and Jenny McGlothlin
This book offers hope and advice to parents and care takers of young picky eaters. It teaches the reader a 5-step approach of improving the eating habits of children. The book includes strategies and "scripts" for dealing with the various issues in the life of children affected by feeding disorders.
by Harriet Brown
Professor and journalist Harriet Brown details her daughter's fight with anorexia nervosa from the perspective of the family witnessing a loved one's darkest hours and recovery triumph.
by Dave Chawner
Stand-up comedian Dave Chawner's book presents the struggle with anorexia from a male perspective. The book combines Dave's personal story with advice on dealing with an eating disorder, while maintaining a witty, comic tone.