What Parents Need to Know About Eating Disorders
How Treatment Works
What is FBT and Why Does it Work?
FAQs about FBT and EQUIP

We created Equip to be the last eating disorder treatment your family will ever need.

Treatment at home with Equip means being supported by your virtual Equip team for lasting recovery. It means being protected from relapse because your child isn’t doing this alone and your whole village learns how to fight the eating disorder. By empowering you to support your loved one’s recovery, Equip provides the tools for true healing that lasts.

Important Facts About Eating Disorders

  • Families don’t cause eating disorders but are at the heart of helping loved ones recover
  • Eating disorders are up 70%+ in kids as young as 7 since the pandemic began
  • Hospital admission rates for eating disorders are up 50% with long wait lists
  • Eating disorders have the 2nd highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders
  • Eating disorders don’t have a “look” and affect all genders, races, ethnicities, and body sizes
  • Early treatment significantly increases the likelihood of recovery

Our patients are getting better.

After eight weeks of treatment, Equip families are well on their way to healing:
3/4

of parents report feeling more confident in caring for their child

8

Out of 10

patients report a reduction in eating disorder symptoms

70%

report

improvements in mood.

How Treatment Works

Who we treat

  • Patients of all genders ages 6-24
  • Eating disorders rarely exist alone – Equip treats co-existing conditions like anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, and trauma

How we treat

  • 100% virtual care with a 5-person provider team including a therapist, medical provider (pediatrician, adolescent medicine doctor, psychiatrist or nurse practitioner), family mentor, peer mentor, and registered dietitian.

What does treatment look like?

  • Your family will meet with all 5 providers as often as you need for meal planning, mentorship, therapy, and practical support
  • Virtual care means we'll be there after before school and in the midst of finals. It means not having to coordinate schedules for in-person appointments and instead where it's convenient – your car before soccer practice or backstage after theater tryouts.
  • Talk therapy works best once patients are re-nourished. As patients progress through weight restoration and eradication of eating disorder behaviors, therapy shifts from family sessions to more individual appointments.
  • Body image is often the last eating disorder struggle to go. Equip treatment includes a research-backed body image program created by Stanford-trained clinicians that reduces eating disorder symptoms and increases positive body image & self-esteem.

How does family become a part of treatment?

  • Your chosen family – this can mean step-parents, grandparents, siblings, roommates, friends, and significant others – is encouraged to educate others in the patient’s life (coaches, teachers, extended family) to know how to support recovery.
  • Early phases of treatment focus on family support at every meal because it’s nearly impossible for your loved one to fight their eating disorder alone. We equip families with the tools, language, and strength to help their loved one eradicate ED behaviors.

1 in 4 Equip patients

have never had eating disorder treatment before Equip

The other 75% tried numerous options before finding Equip

We meet families where they are and stay with them through recovery - families join us directly from inpatient and also as their first outpatient treatment.

We are an alternative

As the second deadliest mental illness, early intervention is the best predictor of fast and lasting recovery

Current treatment landscape is focused on a “stepped down care” model which leads patients to cycle in and out of treatment, receive fragmented care, run up high healthcare bills, and be left with a disrupted family life.

Instead of stepping up and down and doing it all over again, Equip provides a comprehensive circle of care with the clinical resources and providers needed to wrap around a patient and their family for treatment that is personalized, consistent, and works.

Equip built the treatment that was missing.

Equip’s treatment was built on the only evidence-based care approach for eating disorders. Our care model is built upon Family-Based Treatment (FBT) – the radical idea that families are best suited to help their loved ones through recovery – and then amplified with a 5-person care team.

86%

of patients see positive outcomes from FBT

What is FBT and Why Does it Work?

Family-Based Treatment (FBT), the evidence-based model for lasting recovery in children and adolescents, empowers parents and guardians to work with a care team to renourish their loved one and eliminate eating disorder behaviors.

Phases of FBT

Phase 1
Parents are tasked with renourishing their child
  1. Focused on parent empowerment and alignment
  2. Parents plan/prepare/plate all meals and snacks
  3. Close monitoring by medical provider
  4. Registered Dietitian consults with parents on meal planning and intake
Phase 2
Child begins to slowly and gradually regain independence under observation and supervision.
Phase 3
Child is eating independently, focus shifts to normal adolescent concerns.
Feb 11, 2022
How Fathers Can Support Children in Recovery

Family Mentor Kevin Dunn shares his lived experience as a father supporting his daughter through eating disorder treatment.

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Feb 11, 2022
How to Support Someone with Anorexia

Equip co-founder and CCO Dr. Erin Parks discusses the best way to support your friends or family members with anorexia.

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Feb 11, 2022
Equip Listening Tour - Moms and Daughters in Conversation

Mothers and daughters discuss the realities of eating disorder treatment, what they want to share with families beginning this journey, and what benefit they see in the Equip model.

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Feb 11, 2022
Navigating Recovery - A Firsthand Perspective

In this conversation, Maris walks the co-hosts through what it was like to receive Family Based Treatment as a teenager for her eating disorder, including the sometimes-difficult experiences with her parents, whom ultimately, she credits for being an important piece of her recovery.

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Feb 11, 2022
The Power of Family & Peer Mentorship in FBT

The gap between research and treatment is why families in the eating disorder community have long acted as first responders and envelop worried newcomers with information, support, wisdom and caring immediately from the first contact. Equip is professionalizing the labor of supporters who have done this work, unpaid, by Facebook post, by forum, by email, by phone, by Zoom, in person, and across the globe.

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Why It Works

Created by clinical experts in the field and people with lived experience, Equip’s model fills the gaps in existing treatment and enhances FBT through:

Coordinated circle of care: Each family has a dedicated five-person care team, including a peer mentor, family mentor, medical provider therapist, and dietitian. FBT works, but it’s not easy. Your provider team is there to support your family through all of it.

Virtual by Design: Treatment is 100% virtual so families can help loved ones navigate personalized care from the comfort of home – for families of all configurations.

The power of lived experience: Peer and family mentors know what it’s like to go through treatment and recovery, and they’ll be there for your family with emotional and practical support.

Tailored for your family: We’ll be there before school and in the midst of finals. Virtual care means not having to commute to in-person appointments together. Your family can connect with your Equip providers where it’s convenient - including from your office or backstage after theater tryouts.

Empowering Families: FBT empowers families to be at the heart of their loved one’s treatment through skills and resources that help make recovery possible.

Families are finding hope and a light at the end of the tunnel...

“I cried every day the first month but it got easier with time. Now, 9 months later, she is weight restored, in school, eating out, happy, rational and recovering. It has been life-changing and I couldn’t have done it without Equip. I feel like I can handle almost anything now!” - Dad of 17-year-old in recovery from Anorexia

"Instead of focusing on her eating disorder... Equip helped my daughter change her whole narrative. We are all finding a new ‘why'." - Parent of college student with Atypical Anorexia

“Heading into uncharted waters is never easy. The storm will still rage, but Equip will keep you off the rocks.” - Father of teenage baseball player with Bulimia

"Anorexia felt like trekking through a dense jungle – overwhelming. Equip lifted the fog and handed us the map." - Parent of 5th grade boy with Anorexia


FAQs about FBT and EQUIP


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