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Web Resources

Website links for more eating disorder, substance use disorder, and support information

Academy for Eating Disorders

A global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention.

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Alcoholics Anonymous (ED-friendly meeting in St. Paul, MN)

A fellowship of men and women whose primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. 

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Anorexics & Bulimics Anonymous Meeting (in Seattle, WA)

ABA uses the 12-step program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual components of the disorders of anorexia and bulimia.

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Body Positive

Body Positive focuses on boosting body image at any weight.

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Drug Rehab Connections

An independent resource that understands the importance of recognizing an addiction and helping guide those who need help to find treatment and rehab.

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Eating Disorder Hope

Eating Disorder Hope offers information, treatment options, recovery tools, and resources to those suffering from eating disorders, their treatment providers, and loved ones.

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Eating Disorders Coalition

A group of organizations related to eating disorders and individuals with a mission to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority.

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Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders

FEAST is an international group of and for caregivers to individuals struggling with eating disorders.

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Gurze Books

Gurze Books publishes specialized books, newsletters, and resources on eating disorders.

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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) works toward making societal changes necessary to eliminate personal and societal violence against all women and children. They offer local, state, regional, and national resources for domestic violence.

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National Eating Disorder Association

An organization dedicated to education, resources, and support to those affected by eating disorders and has a wide variety of eating disorder resources and educational handouts.

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New Moon Girls

Safe, educational, ad-free site for girls ages 8-12. Activities include moderated chatroom, discussion forums, reader submitted art, poetry, and video.

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StartYourRecovery.org

StartYourRecovery.org is a website developed by bringing together experts in substance use treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions. 

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Marcird.com/blog

Marcird.com/blog is a blog that provides information, tips, and suggestions to help you find your own way to a balanced healthy life.

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Ask Bodyposipanda

Advice column for The Unedit, all about recovery, diet culture, self love, food, exercise and all things bopo.

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BodyImageMovement.com

Founded by Taryn Brumfitt in 2012, the Body Image Movement is on a mission to end the global body-hating epidemic by inspiring people to embrace their bodies through documentaries, books, online programs, speaking and educational resources.

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Body Kindness

Body Kindness Learn & Grow will boost your hope and confidence in leaving diets behind from exactly where you are today. 

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She’s all Fat

The podcast for body positivity, radical self love, and chill vibes ONLY.

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Fat Black Audacity

Join Brandi Michele a content creator, cultural critic, fat body advocate, and community builder, who is committed to growing a platform to empower, encourage and uplift black non-men. Her podcast “Fat Black Audacity” gives you her take on the world, validates the oppression of fat bodies and chronicles her lived experiences. 

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Thick Dumpling Skin

An online community for Asian-Americans to explore relationships with food, body image, and culture.

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Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders

TFFED is a collective of trans and gender diverse people who believe eating disorders in marginalized communities are social justice issues. 

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The Body is Not an Apology

The Body Is Not An Apology is an international movement committed to cultivating global Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment.

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Books

Book Recommendations From The Emily Program

Eating Disorder Sourcebook

Eating Disorder Sourcebook

Sound, sensitive advice for overcoming an eating disorder – from identifying an eating disorder to treatment options to what you can expect, by Carolyn Costin.

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Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness

Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness

This updated book describes the origins of father hunger and its effect on the family, with even more practical solutions to help fathers and daughters understand and improve their relationships. By Margo Maine and Craig Johnson

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Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life, by Jenni Schaefer.

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Life Without Ed

Life Without Ed

How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too, by Jenni Schaefer.

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Eating in the Light of the Moon

Eating in the Light of the Moon

Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling, by Anita Johnston.

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Live Happy (...damn it)

Live Happy (...damn it)

Jennifer was diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease, her kidneys failed rapidly, and she plunged into the unfamiliar world of kidney transplantation. Jennifer faced a choice. Hope or despair? Live Happy (…damn it) is a book that will vitalize your optimism, and encourage you to get back up when you stumble and fall. Let Jennifer’s experiences inspire you to embrace every day…and choose hope.

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Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends

Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends

Surviving an Eating Disorder provides a combination of information, insight, case examples, and practical strategies for families and friends to work on their relationship with someone who struggles with an eating disorder. By Michele Siegel, Judith Brisman and Margot Weinshe

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Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone With Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Or Body Image Issues

Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone With Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Or Body Image Issues

This book provides some tips on how to support someone who is struggling with an eating disorder. It discusses how to have tough conversations and when to seek professional help. By Jeanne Albronda Heaton, PhD and Claudia J. Strauss

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Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa, Second Edition: A Family-Based Approach

Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa, Second Edition: A Family-Based Approach

This indispensable manual presents the leading empirically supported treatment approach for adolescents with anorexia nervosa (AN). What sets family-based treatment apart is the central role played by parents and siblings throughout therapy. The book gives practitioners a clear framework for mobilizing parents to promote their child’s weight restoration and healthy eating; improving parent and child relationships; and getting adolescent development back on track. Each phase of therapy is described in session-by-session detail. In-depth case illustrations show how to engage clients while flexibly implementing the validated treatment procedures.

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When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Recover from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating

When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Recover from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating

The book is designed to be a resource for parents and caregivers of teens with eating disorders as well as the mental health professionals, teachers, counselors, and coaches who work with them, clearly outlining the principles of FBT and the process of involving parent collaboratively in treatment. By Dr. Lauren Muhlheim.

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Yoga and Eating Disorders: Ancient Healing for Modern Illness

Yoga and Eating Disorders: Ancient Healing for Modern Illness

Yoga and Eating Disorders bridges the knowledge and practice gaps between mental health providers and yoga practitioners who work with clients suffering from disordered eating. Combining the wisdom of 20 experts in eating disorders treatment and yoga practice, editors Carolyn Costin and Joe Kelly show how and why yoga’s mind-body connection facilitates treatment and recovery.

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Your Dieting Daughter…Is She Dying For Attention?

Your Dieting Daughter…Is She Dying For Attention?

Written for parents of girls who want to explore the various complexities of the dieting issue and prepare you to deal with your daughter and our “thin is in” society, by Carolyn Costin.

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Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim

Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim

A searingly honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she comes to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope and chooses to live her life unapologetically.By, Leah Vernon.

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Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight

Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight

Dr. Linda Bacon and Dr. Lucy Aphramor debunk common myths about weight, including the misconceptions that BMI can accurately measure health, that fatness necessarily leads to disease, and that dieting will improve health.

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Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity, by Rupi Kaur

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The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food

The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food

This workbook offers a comprehensive, evidence-based program to help you develop a healthy relationship with food, pay attention to cues of hunger and satisfaction, and cultivate a profound connection with your mind and body, by Evelyn Tribole

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Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out--and Never Say Diet Again

Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out--and Never Say Diet Again

This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame, by Rebecca Scritchfield

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Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

Tune in to your body’s expert guidance. Find the joy in movement. Eat what you want, when you want, choosing pleasurable foods that help you to feel good. You too can feel great in your body right now—and Health at Every Size will show you how. By Linda Bacon

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The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. By, Sonya Renee Taylor.

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Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia

An important and original work, Fearing the Black Body argues convincingly that fat phobia isn’t about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice. By, Sabrina Strings

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Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating

Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating

Divided into three sections–The Problem, The Treatment and The Solution–this engaging book contains chapters filled with compelling case examples, visualizations and other exercises so that therapists can deepen their knowledge and skills as they help clients gain freedom from preoccupation with food and weight, by Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel

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Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass

Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass

A deeply personal take, Landwhale is a glimpse at life as a fat woman today, but it’s also a reflection of the unforgiving ways our culture still treats fatness, all with Jes’s biting voice as the guide, by Jes Baker

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. By, Roxane Gay.

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Guide for Families

Guide for families

How should you approach someone you care about who is struggling with eating disorder symptoms? You may worry that you won’t “do it right.” However, you are very important to them and their recovery!

The following tips may help you keep perspective
and provide needed support to your loved one:

  • 1. Remember, eating disorders are illnesses. You didn’t cause the eating disorder.
  • 2. Accept your limitations; e.g., you can’t make them want to get better.
  • 3. Accept the person for who they are. Remember that they are an individual; they are not their eating disorder.
  • 4. Be sensitive and be firm.
  • 5. Compliment strengths that have nothing to do with appearance, eating, or food.
  • 6. Seek support for yourself.
  • 7. Respect how and where your loved one wants their eating disorder discussed. You absolutely need and deserve support, and you can get it while also honoring their need for confidentiality.
  • 8. Ask your loved one how you can support their meal plan.
  • 9. Plan non-food related activities for the times right after meals, to help redirect attention and energy. Focus on the other things in life, not just discussions of weight, eating, exercise, and food.
  • 10. Be a good role model when discussing food, body, and weight—your own and others’.
  • 11. Set an example: participate in family therapy (if recommended), talk openly about your feelings, and actively identify and resolve problems.
  • 12. Know your health insurance, because you may need to advocate for coverage.
  • 13. Listen to your loved one; they need to speak for themselves.
  • 14. Convey that you believe in them. Your support is invaluable to your loved one.
  • 15. Recognize that recovery is a process. It takes time; it’s seldom logical or linear.

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Articles

The Emily Program Article Library

Free article downloads written by leaders in the eating disorder field.


Eating Disorders: Know the Facts

An infographic about eating disorders.

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Bloomberg Law Article: Labor Department Gets Tougher on Employer Mental Health Benefits

This article highlights the compliance issues associated with federal mental health parity law and what can be done to address noncompliance.

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Eating Disorder Facts

The Eating Disorders Coalition compiled facts about eating disorders and what research shows.

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Males and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders aren’t just a female issue, boys and men suffer too.

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Teenagers and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex; so are adolescents. Early detection and treatment of eating disorders can help.

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Finding Me: Discovering My Transgender Identity

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What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders don’t need to be a mystery. This handout helps explain some of the most common questions about eating disorders.

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Eating Disorders and Minorities

Psychologists Marian Fitzgibbon and Melinda Stolley, who study and treat eating disorders at Northwestern University, know that these debilitating conditions don’t only affect white women. In this article, they offer their insights into how anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder are impacting minority communities in the U.S.

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Videos

Video Library

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About Eating Disorders

Ask A Dietitian: Advice for the Holiday Season

Emily Program dietitian Hilmar Wagner provides some advice to those struggling with an eating disorder during the holiday season.

What's the Truth about Eating Disorders?

Dr. Jillian Lampert of The Emily Program answers the question, “What are common myths and misconceptions about eating disorders?”

Ask a Dietitian: Does Dieting Lead to Eating Disorders?

Dietitian Hilmar Wagner answers the question, “Does dieting lead to eating disorders?”

"Ask Emily" Supporting a Loved One

In this “Ask Emily,” Dr. Jillian Lampert discusses how you can help a loved one through their struggle when they’ve received treatment at The Emily Program, but since moved away and there isn’t currently an Emily Program location near them.

“Ask Emily” Is Treatment Right for Me?

Dr. Jillian Lampert answers a question about whether The Emily Program treats different levels of care.

“Ask Emily” How Much Exercise is Too Much?

How do you know when you’re exercising too much? Dr. Jillian Lampert answers this question.

“Ask Emily” Negative Body Talk

What should you do when a friend makes negative comments about their body?

“Ask Emily” Am I Covered By Insurance?

Dr. Jillian Lampert explains how to work with your insurance company to determine your coverage.

“Ask Emily” My Teenage Daughter is Becoming a Picky Eater

Dr. Lampert discusses what to do when your teenager (or kid(s) of any age) start becoming more selective about what they eat.

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a new eating disorder diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Dr. Jillian Lampert gives an overview of BED.

“Ask Emily” Am I Sick Enough for Eating Disorder Treatment?

Dr. Jillian Lampert answers the question, “Am I sick enough for eating disorder treatment?”

“Ask Emily” Overeating For Too Long

Dr. Jillian Lampert answers a question about overeating in this edition of “Ask Emily”.

Answering The "Am I Fat?" Question

Dr. Jillian Lampert suggests replying with more questions.

“Ask Emily” What is the Role of Weight Loss in Binge Eating Disorder Treatment?

Dr. Jillian Lampert addresses how The Emily Program approaches weight loss within eating disorder treatment for binge eating.

Holiday Advice from The Emily Program

The Emily Program staff offers advice about preparing for Thanksgiving meals in order to maintain lasting recovery.

“Ask Emily” How Will Treatment Fit into My Life?

Dr. Jillian Lampert discusses finding time for treatment in your busy life.

Good Food-Bad Food

Dr. Jillian Lampert dispels a common (and dangerous) food myth.

Mom Fights for Her Son's Anorexia Diagnosis

The Emily Program’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Warren discusses eating disorders in men and boys. (**Content warning: this video contains potentially triggering images.)

About The Emily Program

What Services Does The Emily Program Offer?

Dr. Jillian Lampert of The Emily Program answers the question, “What treatment options does The Emily Program offer?”

A Tour of The Emily Program

Video tour of The Emily Program’s East Metro outpatient site in Minnesota.

What Makes The Emily Program Different?

An overview of what makes The Emily Program stand apart from other eating disorder treatment centers.

Adolescent Services at The Emily Program

The Emily Program offers a continuum of eating disorder care for males and females ages 10 – early 20s. From outpatient to 24/7 residential, our staff can help kids lead full, healthy lives.

Adult Residential Eating Disorder Treatment at The Emily Program

When adult males and females need 24/7 eating disorder care and support, our residential program is among the best. Our doctors, therapists, and dietitians specialize in eating disorders, providing the best care possible to each person.

Partial Plus Lodging

Lodging provides a home-like place to stay while participating in intensive treatment programs.

#BesideMeWhen

The Emily Program’s #BesideMeWhen campaign showcases stories of hope and healing. Former Emily Program clients describe how The Emily Program how The Emily Program supported them through an eating disorder.

Recovery Story: Stephanie

Stephanie Maiwurm, a former Emily Program client, shares her story of treatment, healing, and recovery.

Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins has partnered with The Emily Program

The Emily Program is excited to partner with Jessie Diggins, an Olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing and former client.

Happy 25th Anniversary to The Emily Program!

The Emily Program staff and clients, community members, industry leaders, and Minnesota’s very own Amy Klobuchar wish The Emily Program a happy anniversary.

Olympian Jessie Diggins' Speech at The Emily Program's 25th Anniversary

Calling Our Admissions Team

What can you expect when you pick up the phone and call The Emily Program?


Media Coverage

KMSP TV Interviews The Emily Program

Dr. Jillian Lampert discusses the symptoms of eating disorders and some common misconceptions.

Celebrating 25 Years

The Emily Program’s Dr. Jillian Lampert sits down with KSTP to discuss eating disorders and The Emily Program’s 25th-anniversary celebration.

Dr. Jillian Lampert on KARE11 news

Dr. Jillian Lampert, Chief Strategy Officer of The Emily Program, talks to KARE11 news about some common misconceptions about eating disorders.

Dr. Jillian Lampert on WCCO

Dr. Jillian Lampert, Chief Strategy Officer of The Emily Program, talks to WCCO news about eating disorder treatment and The Emily Program’s 25th anniversary.

CityStream: Emily Program

Eating disorders are a disease not often discussed and consequently, many suffer in silence. Producer Shannon Gee has more on a new resource in town called The Emily Program.

Eating Disorders and The Holidays

Q13 Fox TV interviews Kelsey Thomas, The Emily Program’s outpatient site director in Seattle.

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Eating Disorder Facts

Eating disorders do not discriminate

Eating disorders affect every gender, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. People from preteens to seniors may have eating disorders. Their struggles with food disrupt the health and well-being of the individual, as well as that of their families and their communities.

Eating disorders manifest across a wide spectrum of behaviors

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are not the only eating disorders. Compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder, combined with the categories Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED) and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) are more common than anorexia or bulimia.

Eating disorders are prevalent

In the U.S. alone, more than 30 million people will struggle with an eating disorder.

Among adolescents, eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness. Eating disorders are as prevalent or more prevalent than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia. All deserve timely treatment, but eating disorder treatment resources are far less available than those for other serious illnesses.

Eating disorders are often accompanied by other illness

People with eating disorders are also struggling with other issues, including substance use disorder (SUD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual abuse history, depression, anxiety disorder, morbid obesity, and other health issues.

Eating disorders are not a choice

Eating disorders aren’t a choice, behavior problem or lack of willpower. Eating disorders are an illness with biological and genetic roots that are influenced by culture.

People with eating disorders may soothe their discomfort, stress, uncertainty, pain, sadness, or desires with food until their health—and maybe their life—is in danger. Many people who are recovered from eating disorders say their illness functioned as a companion—but that the relationship was abusive and destructive. Eating disorder rituals offered an illusory sense of stability, reliability, predictability, and control. But the illness also had characteristics of an abusive relationship, as disordered behaviors and thinking reinforce misconceptions and beliefs—leading the person to feel trapped in unhappiness and serious danger.

Eating disorders are tough to live with

Interacting with a loved one struggling with eating disorder symptoms can be difficult. Family and friends may worry that they won’t “do it right.” Remember, family and friends are important resources for a loved one’s recovery.

Eating disorders are deadly serious

Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any other psychiatric disorder. For females between 15 and 24 who suffer from anorexia, the mortality rate is 12 times higher than all other causes of death, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Anorexia and bulimia can result in heart failure, suicide, early-onset osteoporosis, amenorrhea, kidney failure, pancreatitis, and other serious problems. Binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating can lead to morbid obesity, Type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other illnesses.

Eating disorders affect boys and men

Approximately 10 percent of people with eating disorders are male, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Some males with an eating disorder want to lose weight, while others want to gain weight or “bulk up,” raising the risk for using steroids or other dangerous drugs to increase muscle mass. Males with eating disorders exhibit many of the same emotional, physical, and behavioral signs and symptoms as females. However, since this is seen stereotypically as a “female” disorder, males are less likely to be diagnosed correctly and to seek help.

For more information about eating disorders and our services,
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