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Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (West Palm Beach, FL)
Excerpts from About The Alliance: “The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders. Founded in October 2000, The Alliance has worked tirelessly to raise awareness; eliminate secrecy and stigma; promote access to care; and support those susceptible to, currently struggling with, and recovered from eating disorders. We create a bridge for those needing and seeking help by connecting people with resources to assist them in recovery.”
“The Alliance offers comprehensive services, including: educational presentations to schools, healthcare providers, hospitals, treatment centers, and community agencies; free, clinician-led weekly support groups for those struggling and for their loved ones; support and referrals through both our free help-line and comprehensive referral website, www.findEDhelp.com and advocacy for eating disorders and mental health legislation. In August 2017, The Alliance opened Psychological Services, which offers direct, low-cost, life-saving treatment to under-insured and uninsured adults in our community.”
Excerpts from ANRED.com: “History of the website. ANRED.COM was originally created in 1996 by Jean Rubel, PhD, who is the founder and president of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc., a non-profit organization which ceased operation in 2009. ANRED provided comprehensive information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other less well-known eating disorders. We retain the site’s original intent, which is to be an objective resource for those seeking information about eating disorders. You are invited to continue to enjoy the ANRED website to see it in its original form, and please check back often to see how it will evolve.”
Association for Size Diversity and Health: Healthy at Every Size®
Excerpts from HAES: "The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) affirms a holistic definition of health, which cannot be characterized as simply the absence of physical or mental illness, limitation, or disease. Rather, health exists on a continuum that varies with time and circumstance for each individual. Health should be conceived as a resource or capacity available to all regardless of health condition or ability level, and not as an outcome or objective of living. Pursuing health is neither a moral imperative nor an individual obligation, and health status should never be used to judge, oppress, or determine the value of an individual."
"The framing for a Health At Every Size (HAES®) approach comes out of discussions among healthcare workers, consumers, and activists who reject both the use of weight, size, or BMI as proxies for health, and the myth that weight is a choice. The HAES model is an approach to both policy and individual decision-making. It addresses broad forces that support health, such as safe and affordable access. It also helps people find sustainable practices that support individual and community well-being."
Health at Every Size© (2018). Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH)--An international professional organization composed of members committed to the Health at Every Size (HAES) principles. Retrieved from https://haescommunity.com/
Excerpts from the Find an Expert web page: “The professionals listed here have pledged their agreement with the HAES Experts Guidelines. (Click here to download a PDF of the HAES Experts Guidelines.) Each individual has self-identified their area(s) of expertise, and ASDAH does not provide warranty or guarantee, expressed or implied, as to the completeness, relevance or timeliness of the information or furnished data. If you chose to consult, secure services, or participate in any listed activities provided by a listed HAES Expert, ASDAH should be held harmless in the event your involvement is found to be unsatisfactory. Some listings will contain hyperlinks to outside information and/or websites created and maintained by other organizations or persons. ASDAH does not directly endorse and cannot guarantee accuracy of these outside materials.”
“If you have a concern regarding a HAES expert relative to their representation of ASDAH's mission, goals, and/or the HAES Principles, please contact the ASDAH Leadership Team.”
You can "choose any one or a combination of search options to find an ASDAH member who offers the HAES services you are looking for."
Excerpts from the Goals of the EDC: “With focused attention on educating and working with Congress, we can effectively influence federal policy. Our specific goals are to:
Raise awareness among policy makers and the public at large about the serious health risks posed by eating disorders
Promote federal support for improved access to care
Increase resources for education, prevention, and improved training
Increase funding and support for scientific research on the etiology, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders
Promote initiatives that support the healthy development of children
Mobilize concerned citizens to advocate on behalf of people with eating disorders, their families, and professionals in the field”
“Who We Are. Founded in 2000, the EDC has advanced the recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority by building relationships with Congress, federal agencies and countless national and local organizations dedicated to health issues.”
“Current Policy Efforts: There are two main avenues for addressing eating disorders policies at the federal level. The first is to incorporate eating disorders into already existing and moving initiatives. The second avenue is to help define the Congressional agenda by advocating for the drafting and introduction of new bills that improve the lives of people who are affected by eating disorders. Current Efforts: The National Care Act and Stabilization of the Affordable Care Act”
Excerpts from About HOPE: “Eating Disorder Hope™ offers education, support, and inspiration to eating disorder sufferers, their loved ones, and eating disorders treatment providers. Our resources include articles on eating disorder treatment options, support groups, recovery tools and more. Whether a person struggles with bulimia, anorexia, body image distortion, or binge-eating disorders, Eating Disorder Hope can help.”
“Eating Disorder Hope promotes ending eating disordered behavior, embracing life and pursuing recovery from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other eating disorders. Our mission is to foster an appreciation of one’s uniqueness and value in the world, unrelated to appearance, achievement or applause.”
Readings from HOPE Research Sources
Bulik, C. (2015 August 9). Not your daughter’s eating disorder: Eating disorders in midlife and beyond. Retrieved from https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/not-your-daughters-eating-disorder-eating-disorders-in-midlife-and-beyond
Cooper, D. M. (2016). Men and women aging and developing eating disorders. Retrieved from Eating Disorders HOPE.org, https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/men-and-women-aging-and-developing-eating-disorders
Dennis, K. (2016). The aging of eating disorders: Middle-aged women fight the devastating disease. Retrieved from Special Treatment Issues in Eating Disorders in Eating Disorder HOPE at https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/treatment-for-eating-disorders/special-issues/older-women/causes
Ekern, J. (2013, February 3). Eating disorders in older women. EatingDisorderHOPE.com, Eating Disorder Resource. Retrieved from https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/treatment-for-eating-disorders/special-issues/older-women
McCallum, K. (2009). Eating disorders in men and women in later years. Retrieved from EatingDisordersHOPE.com, https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/treatment-for-eating-disorders/special-issues/older-women/treatments-strategies (updated by J. Ekern, 8-8-2014)
Excerpts from mirror-mirror.org:
Getting Eating Disorder Help. If you are worried that you have an eating disorder you’re probably feeling anxious, confused overwhelmed, and scared. All of these feelings are relevant to the effects of malnutrition on your brain and body. The human body uses food and nutrition in order to build itself, function properly and deal with stress, so eating disorders have both physical and mental effects even if you have not lost any weight. That’s right, although most people with eating disorders suffer the symptom of weight loss – you can be underweight, normal or overweight and still have an eating disorder! Eating disorders, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Here is more on who gets eating disorders.
For More Assistance. If you’re not sure where to start, try our eating disorders information page. If you’re feeling discouraged or hopeless, please take a moment to read this letter of hope. If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please feel free to email us and we’ll do our best to help. We care and we want you to get the eating disorder help that you need.
If You Need More Information. If you aren’t finding the information you need here, please email us. We’ll try to get you the information you need or direct you to other sources of information. We can’t give you medical advice, but we’ll do all we can to assist you.
Excerpts from ANAD.org: “The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, (ANAD) is a non-profit (501 c 3) organization working in the areas of support, awareness, advocacy, referral, education, and prevention … ANAD’s aim is to support the eating disorder community through compassionate action. We strive to provide people with eating disorders, their families, and healthcare professionals a place that has an abundance of useful information … The ANAD APPROACH is based on how we at ANAD structure our supportive information to ensure that everyone impacted with an eating disorder receives support throughout the recovery journey. We believe in a comprehensive approach to eating disorder treatment and recovery, and we outline this in our APPROACH.”
“The ANAD APPROACH Series was born out of our desire to provide educational booklets for those impacted by eating disorders as well as healthcare professionals. This series consists of a multitude of booklets designed to provide information on the world of eating disorders, with additional booklets being added over time.”
Get Informed. Links to ~14 Eating Disorder Resources throughout the United States and links to ~25 International Resources (including organizations throughout North America—Canada and Mexico, Europe, Middle East, and Asia/Other).
Practitioner Directory: Find a Therapist, Psychologist, or Counselor. Browse profiles through Psychology Today’s online portal of verified therapists; this website offers an extensive directory of Therapists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, and Counselors near you. You can narrow your search by insurance accepted, issue (e.g., eating disorders, anxiety, depression, etc.), sexuality (bisexual, gay, lesbian), gender (can select to show only women, only non-binary, only men), various age ranges served/treated in area of practice, languages spoken, faith or faith-based preference, as well as an option to find practitioners offering online therapy.