Concerned a loved one may have an eating disorder?

Concerned a loved one may have an eating disorder?

If you suspect a loved one may be struggling with an eating disorder, figuring out what to do next can feel confusing, overwhelming, and daunting. We know because we've been there.

That's why, in honor of Mental Health Action Day, we've put together a digital toolkit that breaks down eating disorder symptoms, causes, and treatment, and provides actionable advice on how to find help for your loved one.

Lasting recovery starts with the first step. We're here to take it with you.

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Eating Disorder Facts

30 million

Americans are affected by eating disorders


will never receive treatment


who do receive typical treatment will recover


of patients see positive outcomes with Family-Based Treatment

Learn About Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders 101: Signs, Symptoms, & Diagnoses

Despite the increasing awareness, visibility, and discourse around eating disorders, societal stereotypes and preconceived notions still abound. To get a better sense of the vast array of complex and nuanced eating disorders out there, read this article.

What We Mean by “Eating Disorders are Brain Disorders”

The myths around anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are pervasive and persistent and they continue to detract from the reality of these illnesses: eating disorders are brain disorders.

I’m an Eating Disorders Physician - Here’s What I Wish Everyone Knew About Eating Disorders

"The number one misconception I encounter about eating disorders is they exclusively affect thin, white, upper-middle class girls and women . Eating disorders affect people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, body sizes, and socioeconomic statuses."

These ED Myths Are Still Keeping People From Getting Help — Here's What You Need to Know

For all the increased awareness around eating disorders in recent years, myths about who gets them and why still abound.

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Tips for talking to a loved one about an eating disorder

Ask your loved one if they are comfortable having a chat

Share specific observations that have you concerned

Emphasize that you are here to listen and support

Remember: approach the conversation from a place of curiosity, and avoid language that might seem critical or judgmental

What to Consider When Seeking Treatment


Who are the eating disorder specialists recommended by your child’s primary care doctor and/or your health insurance carrier?


What kind of experience do the treatment professionals have with disorders — how long have they specialized in EDs?


What are the health impacts of the ED that need to be addressed, and what’s the best strategy for treating those?


What role will the family play in the treatment process?

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Eating Disorder Coalition For Research, Policy, & Action. (2014).

Kazdin, Fitzimmons-Craft, Wilfley, A. K. E. F. C. D. W. (2017). Addressing Critical Gaps in the Treatment of Eating Disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1–35.

Accurso, Sim, Muhlheim, Lebow, E. A. L. S. L. M. J. L. (2019). Parents know best: Caregiver perspectives on eating disorder recovery. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1.

Loeb, LeGrange, K. L. D. L. G. (2009). Family-Based Treatment for Adolescent EDs: Current Status, New Applications and Future Directions. International Journal of Child Adolescent Health, 1–13.