Eating Disorders

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by Marianne Cook, LICSW

An eating disorder means that a person experiences severe and prolonged disturbances in eating behavior. This is most often accompanied by extreme distress about body image. The three main categories of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-eating Disorder. Eating disorders can create significant negative health consequences, and if left untreated, can even be fatal for the sufferer.

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Resource Organizations » Eating Disorders

10 listing(s), including 2 offering support groups

In Massachusetts

Eating Disorder Hope

Eating Disorder Hope offers education, support, and inspiration to eating disorder sufferers, their loved ones, and eating disorders treatment providers. Eating Disorder Hope resources include articles on eating disorder treatment options, support groups and treatments in your area, recovery tools and more. Whether an individual struggles with bulimia, anorexia, body image distortion, or binge-eating disorders, Eating Disorder Hope can help.

Eating for Life Alliance
396 Washington St., Suite 392
Wellesley Hills, MA  02481
Eating for Life Alliance provides college students, parents, and universities access to educational resources for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. The organization is dedicated to making user-friendly information, resources, protocols, and the wisdom of national experts available to all.

Maudsley Parents

Maudsley Parents was created in 2006 by parents who helped their children recover with family-based treatment, to offer hope and help to other families confronting eating disorders. They offer information on eating disorders and family-based treatment, family stories of recovery, supportive parent-to-parent advice, and treatment information for families who opt for family-based Maudsley treatment, evidence-based therapy for eating disorders.

Multi-service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)
Offers support group(s)
288 Walnut Street, Suite 130
Newtonville, MA  02460
617-558-1881 x 12
MEDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. MEDA's mission is to prevent the continuing spread of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection. MEDA serves as a support network and resource for clients, loved ones, clinicians, educators and the general public. There is a free Hope and Inspiration group on the first Saturday of every month from 10-11am at the Pearl Street location. MEDA also offers ongoing support groups for adults or teens with eating disorders as well as the CARE group for parents, partners and loved ones. An intake is required prior to joining these groups. They meet various week-day evenings from 6:15-7:15pm. Call 617-558-1881 x12 for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous
P.O. Box 600
Needham Heights, MA  02494
National Office: 505-891-2664
Local Office: 508-875-0001
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another's anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.
Unlike other organizations, OA is not just about weight loss, obesity or diets; it addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. To address weight loss, OA encourages members to develop a food plan with a health care professional and a sponsor.

Outside Massachusetts

Academy for Eating Disorders
111 Deer Lake Road
Suite 100
Deerfield, IL  60015
The Academy for Eating Disorders is a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment and prevention. They are committed to disseminating information regarding these disorders to educate, prevent and help assist those in need.

National Association of Anorexia and Associated Eating Disorders
Offers support group(s)
P.O. Box 640
Naperville, IL  60566
Helpline: 630-577-1330
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. (ANAD) is a non-profit corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. ANAD strives to educate the general public and professionals in the healthcare field to be more aware of the illnesses relating to eating disorders and methods of treatment. ANAD seeks to act as a resource center, gathering and providing information about eating disorders, including sources and facilities for treatment. ANAD Helpline's provides answers to sufferers of eating disorders and their friends and families about ED symptoms, contact information for treatment, ANAD support group locations and other resources.

National Eating Disorders Association
603 Stewart Street, Suite 803
Seattle, WA  98101
Helpline: 800-931-2237
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. They campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. NEDA works with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance. Their toll-free helpline assists individuals and their loved ones to find appropriate treatments for eating disorders.

Something Fishy: Website on Eating Disorders is a website dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders by emphasizing that eating disorders are not about food and weight. This website aims to provide education for those with eating disorders as well as their families and friends, and to provide supports to those with eating disorders to connect with others around treatment and recovery. This organization provides a wide range of information, from education about what eating disorders are, signs, symptoms and associated risks, as well as information about the recovery process and treatment options. The website also has online support groups and forums where those with eating disorders can seek support, as well as a bulletin board for friends and families to seek help.

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
1649 Forum Place #10
West Palm Beach, FL  33401
(866) 662-1235
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (The Alliance) is dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach and education related to health promotion, including all eating disorders, positive body image, and self-esteem. The Alliance is committed to the advocacy, awareness, and funding for eating disorders prevention. Their website offers extensive information about eating disorders, types, and causes, as well as treatment and support options.

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