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Help and Guidance - Eating Disorder Associations

written by: Rene Wolf • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 10/21/2010

A comprehensive eating disorder associations guide, for individuals or family members suffering with an eating disorder. Read on to learn more.

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    Eating disorders are a widespread and destructive issue among young women and men. The disorder often leads to depression, low self esteem, guilt, shame, difficulties with family and/or social relationships and in some cases death. It is a very serious illness that requires support from all those associated with an individual suffering with an eating disorder. Many with an eating disorder find it difficult to reach out for help with treatment options and information regarding who to contact for help. This comprehensive eating disorders associations guide has information pertaining to various websites listing treatment facilities, support help lines, forums and guidance. More information can be found here, regarding the effects anorexia nevosa among teenagers.

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    National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

    NEDA is one of the non-profit eating disorders associations with exceptional support systems for families and individuals that are affected by an eating disorder. The association seeks to find ways of improving treatment, and continuously researches eating disorders so that they may remain active in the prevention of anorexia and other eating disorders. NEDA is in contact with volunteers and partners in attempts to develop new tools and programs to benefit all who seeks their assistance. Their helpline is available for families, friends and individuals seeking treatment for anorexia. NEDA organizes numerous awareness programs, conferences and education resources for those seeking help with anorexia, as well as numerous articles and informational journals online relating to eating disorders.Toll-free Information and Referral Helpline: 1-800-931-2237 Helpline hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Pacific Time.Email: info@NationalEatingDisorders.org Visit their website at www.NationalEatingDisorders.org

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    Academy for eating disorders

    The Academy for Eating Disorders is a professional eating disorders association, that provides excellent sources of information for both the public and professionals with an interest in learning more about anorexia or other eating disorders. Located on the academy website are informative professional journals and resources for seeking help with an eating disorder. The academy for eating disorders acts as an advocate for the public, eating disorder patients and professionals. They will assist in developing beneficial guidelines for the practice and training of working with patients suffering with an eating disorder. They have sponsored several research programs seeking to find successful treatments and preventions of anorexia. For more information regarding the academy for eating disorders, visit their website at: http://www.aedweb.org/Resources_for_the_Public/1884.htm

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    National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

    ANAD, is an eating disorder association with an extensive amount of useful information and referral links on their website. The association has a toll free helpline and responds to all email inquires received. Their online support hosts a forum for all individuals suffering with anorexia or other eating disorders. The forums are for individuals, family and friends who are associated in some way to someone with a current eating disorder, going through treatment or seeking information regarding how to begin getting help. ANAD has a free newsletter available with additional information. Their referral list has over 2500 therapists, outpatient and inpatient programs throughout the United States and Canada. The site offers information regarding early detection, education prevention and support groups. They are continually working to improve the services for those with anorexia or other eating disorders and are currently working to end the insurance discrimination among those with an eating disorder. The agency has stepped in to prevent the use of dangerous slogans, such as the “you can never be to rich or to thin” slogan that appeared in numerous national ads. Their "help a friend" booklets are excellent tools for friends of someone anorexic. The booklet provides educational information regarding eating disorders and the tools to help their friend. For more information regarding eating disorders, visit the website at: http://www.anad.org or contact them on the ANAD Helpline at (630) 577-1330, Monday through Friday 9 AM Through 5 PM. ANAD also has a special email address, anadhelp@anad.org which may be used by those who prefer email instead of phoning.

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    Informational Websites

    Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center: This website has an extensive list of nationwide referrals to anorexic and other eating disorder specialists. Visit their website at http://www.edreferral.com for more information.

    Mirror: This is an extensive website with information pertaining to the definition, signs/symptoms, relapse warning signs and how to get help for yourself or a loved one with anorexia or another type of eating disorder. For more information visit there site at: http://www.mirror-mirror.org/eatdis.htm

    Eating Disorder Recovery: Visit this website and you will find forums, support links, inspiration, several educational articles and explanations regarding treatment opportunities for people with eating disorders and their family/friends. The site discusses recovery issues through articles, blogs and forums. It also provides iinformation regarding self-help programs and the DSM-IV-TR information regarding anorexia or other eating disorders. References are available for help as well as links to other discussion forums. For more information visit the website at: http://www.poppink.com

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    Families Empowered And Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T)

    F.E.A.S.T, is an eating disorder association dedicated to providing information to parents and caregivers of loved ones suffering with or recovering from eating disorders. F.E.A.S.T provides information and mutual support as well as provides information regarding evidence-based treatment. The organization also advocates for extending research and/or educational information in order to reduce the suffering due to an eating disorder. For more information or to contact someone from the 24 hour online support form, visit their website at: http://www.feast-ed.org/

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    References

    National Eating Disorder Association www.NationalEatingDisorders.org

    Academy for eating disorders http://www.aedweb.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home

    National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders http://www.anad.org/

    Families Empowered And Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders http://www.feast-ed.org

    Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center http://www.edreferral.com

    Eating Disorder Recovery http://www.poppink.com

    Mirror http://www.mirror-mirror.org/eatdis.htm