Terms and definitions: (National Eating Disorders Association)
www.neda.org Anorexia Nervosa
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.
50 Ways to Lose the 3Ds: Dieting, Drive for Thinness, and Body Dissatisfaction
Individuals involved with youth and adolescents, such as educators, parents, health professionals, and physicians
can prevent the further development of issues and concerns regarding weight through their own actions and words of encouragement
toward healthful eating practices and attitudes.
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
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.
Signing this declaration of independence from a weight-obsessed world may help you accept your body's natural
shape and size.
Ten "Will-Powers" for Improving Body Image
Taking care of your body and doing things you enjoy will enable you to enjoy a happy, participatory life.
Ten Steps To Positive Body Image
One list cannot automatically tell you how to turn negative body thoughts into positive body image, but it
can help you think about new ways of looking more healthfully and happily at yourself and your body. The more you do that,
the more likely you are to feel good about who you are and the body you naturally have.
The Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders
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.
Twenty Ways to Love Your Body!
Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams. Honor it. Respect it. Fuel it.
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 reading list.
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
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
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
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 disorders.
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
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
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 image issues.
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,
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
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
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
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
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.