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For treatment referrals nationwide and answers to all kinds of questions regarding eating disorders, contact the ANAD or NEDA helpline. Please note: ANAD and NEDA do not screen, recommend or endorse the service providers they list.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

It is important to know as much as you can about eating disorders and options for treatment and eventual recovery. Here are just a few of the many sources you may find helpful:

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
Hotline: 847.831.3438
P.O. Box 7
Highland Park, IL 60035

ANAD is the oldest national nonprofit organization that helps eating disorder sufferers and their families. In addition to free hotline counseling, ANAD operates an international network of support groups for sufferers and families, and offers workshops and referrals to healthcare professionals who treat eating disorders.

The ANAD Web site includes information on warning signs of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, tips for confronting someone with an eating disorder, descriptions of therapies used in treating eating disorders, advocacy information, a "National Therapist Directory Survey" and links to related organizations' Web sites.

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
Toll-free Helpline: 800.931.2237
603 Stewart Street, Suite 803
Seattle, WA 98101

The National Eating Disorders Association sponsors prevention programs, treatment resources, advocacy and a referral list for treatment nationwide.

The National Eating Disorders Association came into being in 2001, when Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention (EDAP) joined with the American Anorexia Bulimia Association (AABA) to create the largest eating disorders prevention and advocacy organization in the world. Headquartered in Seattle, NEDA is dedicated to eliminating eating disorders and body dissatisfaction through a variety of programs and services, including a toll-free information and referral line (800.931.2237), distribution of educational brochures and information packets, in-school programs designed to teach children and teenage girls about positive body image and a media watchdog program.

The NEDA Web site includes information on the causes of eating disorders, symptoms and warning signs, questions to ask when considering treatment options, prevention guidelines and strategies, data on males and eating disorders and information on the role that media images play in the development of eating disorders.

NEDA provided partial funding for the Perfect Illusions Website.

Something Fishy

Something Fishy provides information about eating disorders, their causes and the complications that can result. It is dedicated to raising awareness, emphasizing always that eating disorders are not about food and weight, but the symptoms of something deeper going on inside. Their mission is to remind each and every sufferer they are not alone, and that complete recovery is possible. This Web site addresses topics including physical and emotional symptoms of eating disorders, cultural issues, recovery and support for family and friends of sufferers. It also includes the latest news about research and treatment, and a section on insurance reform.

The Academy for Eating Disorders
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101

The Academy for Eating Disorders is a multidisciplinary association of academic and clinical professionals with demonstrated expertise in the field of eating disorders, research and treatment. Objectives include promoting the effective treatment and care of patients; developing and advancing initiatives for the primary and secondary prevention of eating disorders; providing for education and the dissemination of knowledge regarding eating disorders to professionals and the general public; and stimulating and supporting research in the field. They believe that effective treatment for eating disorder patients requires professionals from various disciplines. The Web site includes information on professional conferences, a quarterly newsletter, and links to a variety of Web sites that provide eating disorder support. The Academy does research world-wide and has a list of members: academicians and practitioners whom you can ask for referrals.

Harvard Eating Disorders Center (HEDC)

The Harvard Medical School Eating Disorders Center was established as an affiliate of Harvard Medical School to expand knowledge about eating disorders-their detection, treatment and prevention-and promote the healthy development of children, women and all who are at risk. It is an interdisciplinary community of scholars dedicated to research, education and public discourse in the field of eating disorders. Its mission is to advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of eating disorders through research, education and outreach. The center spearheads research into the causes and treatments for eating disorders, as well as their associated medical and psychological conditions.

The Web site provides information on current HEDC research, cites facts and findings about eating disorders, describes treatments that are available, offers information about how to help a loved one with an eating disorder, addresses frequently asked questions and lists a variety of resources.

The Eating Disorders Coalition

The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action (EDC) is an organization that advocates for better eating disorder awareness, prevention and treatment. Their mission is to advance the federal recognition of Eating Disorders as a public health priority.

The Web site includes information on EDC lobbying activities and events, congressional briefings and committee hearings and the federal response to eating disorders.

Books, books, books and more. A resource for helpful information about eating disorders.

NOVA: Dying to be Thin
Companion Web site to the NOVA program on anorexia and bulimia. The site includes an interactive feature where you can learn about your body's nutritional needs, a story about minority women and eating disorders, and a teacher's guide.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Public Inquiries: (301) 443-4513
Media Inquiries: (301) 443-4536
E-mail: nimhinfo@nih.gov
Web site: nimh.nih.gov

NiMH provides a booklet describing the three main types of eating disorders--anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder--and reviews the treatment strategies known to be most successful in restoring healthy weight and normalizing eating behavior. The booklet also summarizes the latest findings and current directions in research on eating disorders. nimh.nih.gov/publicat/eatingdisordersmenu.cfm

The Anna Westin Foundation

The Anna Westin House is dedicated to the memory of Anna Westin. This residential treatment facility is a home to female adolescents and adult women with eating disorders. The Westin family, in collaboration with the Eating Disorders Institute (EDI), set a goal to create a comfortable yet stimulating environment that fosters "an energy to live." The site also provides resource information.

Dads and Daughters (DADs)
1.888.824.DADS (3237)
P.O. Box 3458
Duluth, MN 55803

"Inspire, understand, and support your daughter" This national education and advocacy nonprofit for fathers and daughters seeks to strengthen father-daughter relationships and battles pervasive cultural messages that value daughters more for how they look than who they are. The DADs Web site includes parenting tips and articles, a Media Watch area, a list of recommended books on topics including parenting and body image, a parenting quiz and resources for girls.

I don't care where you are on the political spectrum, or the moral spectrum. This culture is undermining your values. It's getting in the way of my being able to convey to my children what I believe to be important about the world, and important about being a human being. And it's time we started yelling about it. ---Joe Kelly, Executive Director

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