Did You Know...
Eating disorders are not a choice.
They are serious illness with often profound physical and emotional consequences yet they are frequently stigmatized and misunderstood.
Eating disorder facts and myths.
Eating disorders are a fad. Myth
. Eating disorders have increased in prevalence over the last 30 years.
Eating disorders are really just a harmless way to get attention. Myth
. Eating disorders have a marked genetic component. No one chooses to have an eating disorder. The death rate for all eating disorders is significant, including death from suicide. These are serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses.
Eating disorders are diseases of rich, white girls
. Eating disorders affect people of either gender, any age, socio-economic level, and ethnicity.
Eating disorders can be successfully treated
. Early recognition and intervention greatly enhance chances of recovery. However, specialized treatment is essential.
Eating disorders treatment is difficult to access. Fact
. Eating disorders treatment is not readily available in many regions around the world, including parts of the United States and Canada. In the U.S. there is inadequate insurance funding for treatment and substandard funding for treatment research and education. To help fight for better access to treatment, sign on in support of the Worldwide Charter for Action on Eating Disorders at
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Center for Eating Disorders Bodywise Program
Comprehensive outpatient program for the treatment of binge/compulsive eating
Home of the newly launched Hungerwise program at St. Joseph Mercy - Chelsea, Michigan. Created by CED Clinical Director, Amy Pershing, LMSW, Hungerwise is a community-based psychoeducational program for people with symptoms of compulsive/binge eating.
An online community for eating disorders recovery sponsored by CED clinical specialist Kristine Vazzano, PhD, LP. Excellent blog and other online resources.
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
Global professional association committed to leadership in promoting eating disorders research, education, treatment and prevention
Binge Eating Disorders Association (BEDA)
Membership-driven organization that includes individuals with the disorder, family and friends, and multidisciplinary practitioners
Eating Disorders Referral and Information Center
Free referrals to eating disorders treatment professionals
Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (FEAST)
Organization for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders
Gaining the Truth
Website and blog by noted author Aimee Liu.
(We highly recommend Aimee’s book Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, an excellent personal and professional account of the causes, consequences and process of recovery from anorexia nervosa.)
Comprehensive site for eating disorders books and other resources.
Online resource dedicated to raising awarenss and providing support to people with eating disorders and their loved ones. Offers treatment referrals, monitored chat room, and other resources.
Note: Please beware of pro-eating disorders websites. There has been a proliferation of these sites in recent years. Their content is characterized by a commitment to eating disorders, in particular anorexia nervosa, as an aspiration and/or lifestyle.