Terms and definitions: (National
Eating Disorders Association) www.neda.org
Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder not otherwise specified and is characterized by
recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating.
Bulimia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing
and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.
Eating disorders can be prevented: Eating Disorders Can Be Prevented!
Eating disorders arise from a variety of physical, emotional, social issues, all of which need to be addressed for
effective prevention and treatment.
Factors that may contribute to eating disorders:
Factors that May Contribute to Eating Disorders
While eating disorders may begin with preoccupations with food and weight, they are most often about much more than
food. NEDA acknowledges there may be a difference of opinion among experts and the literature on this topic and we encourage
readers to explore the topic further, using all means available to them.
Body image issues:
Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or picture yourself in your mind.
Every Body is Different
Genetics influence bone structure, body size, shape, and weight differently in every person.
Listen to Your Body
Eat what you want, when you are truly hungry. Stop when you're full. And eat exactly what appeals to you.
Do this instead of any diet, and you are unlikely to ever have a weight problem, let alone an eating disorder. Eat when
you are truly hungry. Stop when you are full.
Eating disorders are complex conditions that
arise from a variety of factors, including physical, psychological, interpersonal, and social issues. Media images that
help to create cultural definitions of beauty and attractiveness are often acknowledged as being among those factors contributing
to the rise of eating disorders.
Addiction and Common Eating Disorders:
(thanks for this resource Danielle, from Mesa Valley School District in Colorado)
Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement
of these sites. The National Eating Disorders Association is not responsible for the informational content of these sites.
NEDA Network Members
Andrea's voice (California)
Eating Disorders Association of New Jersey
The Dahlia Partnership (St. Louis, MI)
The Eating Disorder Foundation (Denver, CO)
MEDA (Newton, MA)
Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee
EDN (of Central Maryland)
Ophelia's Place (New York)
USF Hope House for Eating Disorders (Florida)
Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN), (Georgia)
The Manna Scholarship Fund (Georgia)
Reflections Body Image Program
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
A multidisciplinary professional organization that focuses on Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder
and related disorders. Also sponsors a newsletter and a conference.
American Dietetic Association
Clicking on Nutrition Resources will get you to information about eating disorders, including an extensive nutrition
American Obesity Association
AOA provides obesity awareness and prevention information.
American Pregnancy Association
Promoting pregnancy wellness through research, education, and community awareness. Working with moms for healthy
eating habits to ensure the best pregnancy possible.
Anna Westin Foundation
The Anna Westin Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing education, support and referral information to
the general and professional public.
A building healthy body esteem website from the author of NEDA's Healthy Body Image curriculum.
A resource for supporting a family member or friend with bulimia nervosa.
This site provides information about the many issues facing students today, as well as other resources to support
the mental health and well being of individuals as they move through major life transitions.
Dads and Daughters
DADs provides tools for fathers to strengthen relationships with their daughters and to transform the pervasive
messages that value young women more for how they look than who they are.
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Eating Disorder Hope
This website promotes ending disordered eating behavior, embracing life, and pursuing recovery.
Eating Disorders Anonymous
EDA provides information about local support group meetings.
Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action (EDC)
This website offers the opportunity to join advocacy efforts at the federal level.
Eating Disorder Expert
This is a public interest website focused on eating disorders; signs, causes, risks and treatments.
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
Provides information, treatment resources, and client and provider e-mail message lists for all forms of eating
Eating Disorder Treatment
A resource for sufferers, friends and family, featuring a 24hr helpline.
Eating Disorders Research
from the Eating Disorders research team at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and the Eating Disorders
Unit, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The site contains information about anorexia, bulimia and other eating
disorders, support for families and carers, results of research and details of current research projects, and downloadable
resources and access to training for GPs, student counsellors and other health professionals.
FEAST is an organization of and 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.
Dedicated to creating awareness and understanding of non-extreme eating disorders, referred to clinically as Eating
Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). Offers videos-on-demand featuring a variety of experts covering eating and body
Food Addicts Anonymous
This website offers hope for recovery from the despair and shame of food obsession.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
FA is an international fellowship of men and women who have experienced difficulties in life as a result of the
way we eat. We make use of AA principles to gain freedom from addictive eating. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at
FA meetings. Membership is open to anyone who wants help with food
GirlsHealth.gov was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face.
Gürze Books publishes and distributes a wide variety of book titles dealing with eating and body image issues.
Healthy Weight Network
Healthy Weight Network provides information and resources pertaining to the “health at any size” paradigm.
In Her Image: Producing Womanhood in America
An interactive program for middle school + that helps groups rethink everyday media messaging, value tolerance,
and build confidence. Developed with components adaptable to diverse objectives, this initiative can include performances
and custom workshops or can be used as a resource in your own work with media literacy, health, eating disorders, identity
and self-esteem, sex/sexuality, drugs and alcohol, violence and conflict resolution, etc.
International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
IAEDP offers nationwide education, training, certification, and a semiannual conference for practitioners who treat
people with eating disorders.
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KidsTerrain, Inc. focuses on identifying and managing the life challenges affecting parents, teachers, employees
and employers in relation to children and families.
Maudsley Parents is an independent, nonprofit, volunteer organization of parents that introduces the family-based
treatment of eating disorders known as the Maudsley approach, as well as other usefule resources related to Maudsley.
Media Education Foundation
Media Education Foundation produces and distributes video documentaries and other educational resources.
Mirror Mirror Website on Eating Disorders
Organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing inormation about eating disorders--definitions, signs
and symptoms, getting help, relapse warning signs, approaching a loved one, and more.
National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC)
NEDIC provides information and resources on eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation, a Canada-wide database
of intervention resources, and Canadian Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, Inc. (N.A.M.E.D.)
N.A.M.E.D. is dedicated to offering support to and public awareness about males with eating disorders.
National Eating Disorders Screening Program
NEDSP provides eating disorders screening.
National Health Information Center
NHIC offers a nationwide referral service, produces directories and resource guides.
National Institutes of Health
This homepage provides information on a variety of health issues currently under study at the NIH.
National Institute of Mental Health
This homepage provides information on a number of mental health issues, including information about eating disorders.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
NSVRC serves as the principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence in the United
States. It provides national leadership, consultation and technical assistance by generating and facilitating the
development and flow of information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies. The NSVRC addresses causes
and impacts of sexual violence through collaboration, prevention and distribution of resources.
National Women’s Health Information Center
The National Women's Health Information Center is a government agency with free health information for women.
OA provides information about local support group meetings.
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Project Look Sharp
A Media Literacy initiative of Ithaca College to provide materials, training and support for the effective integration
of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.
This is the first evidence-based, peer-led eating disorder prevention program repeatedly shown to work by independent
scientists. It also represents a unique collaboration between academic psychology and sororities.
This extensive page provides numerous links and lots of information about eating disorders and body image issues.
The Joy Project
The Joy Project is a non-profit organization that aims to provide information, support, and resources for people
affected by eating disorders. Site features: Recovery-specific information, personal recovery stories, research studies
and scholarships, an online message board, discussion blog and much more.
“Understanding Eating Disorders” with Dr. Tom Scales
An online radio show offering archived interviews with eating disorders professionals and others in the field, including
NEDA CEO Lynn Grefe's interview on 2/7/07.
Statewide Support Resources
for those Suffering with Eating Disorders :
Eating Disorders Association of NJ: Professionally run. Support for persons
with eating disorders, their families, friends and interested professionals. Dues $5.00 per meeting. Membership $50.00
per year. Various meeting locations throughout NJ Call 1-800-522-2230 (voice mail) web site: www.edanj.org
Here is a wonderful web site dedicated to Melissa, a girl
who died from an eating disorder and hoped that someday there would be no more eating disorders. Her family started
this web site and they are working on a documentary. On the site you can read excerpts from Melissa's journal and see and
hear her friends remembering what a special friend she was.