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Warning Signs & Symptoms

Eating disorders, such as bulimia, binge eating disorder, and anorexia, are serious illnesses that involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding food, exercise, and body image. Though not diagnostic, this video outlines the basic warning signs and symptoms and will give you an idea of what to look out for.

Eating Disorders Screening Tool

Eating disorders often hide in plain sight, so whether you have serious concerns or just an inkling about yourself or a loved one, take the screening. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder but recovery is absolutely possible and early intervention greatly improves the chances of success. It’s no exaggeration when we say three minutes can save a life.

How to Help a Loved One

Loved ones play an important role in eating disorders recovery, and navigating the process can sometimes be a challenge. But you are not alone and NEDA has a multitude of resources tailored to the unique needs of those in support roles. This video contains easy tips on how help a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder.

Latest Blog Posts

Not Always As It Appears: Living with ARFID
By Julie McDiarmid

I was first diagnosed with anorexia nervosa when I was 12 years old. It was 1996, and I had never heard of the term in my life, as eating disorders were not discussed anywhere near as often as they are now, and it was before the explosion of the internet, social media, etc. When the doctor told me I had anorexia, I had to ask what it was – I thought it was cancer or something!

Bridging the Care Between Eating Disorders and Sexual Violence
By Ali Mailen Perrotto

Sexual violence advocacy is a world of two-sided realities. Survivors often share that they have mixed feelings in the aftermath and healing process. Some examples of these binary realities include:

How Being Queer, Autistic, and Physically Disabled Shapes My Body Image
By Alaina Leary

As a teenager, I’d often be in a group with other girls when the subject of our bodies would come up. My friends traded anecdotes on which aspects of their body they loved least, and what was wrong with them. Because I didn’t chime in, most people assumed I had fantastic self-confidence.

Professional Ballerina Colleen Werner Wants to Create a Body-Positive Dance World
By Diana Denza, Communications Associate

Colleen Werner, a professional ballerina in New York City, first got involved with dance when she was only three years old. Today, after overcoming body hatred and an eating disorder, Werner hopes to inspire others to stand up to an industry that pressures dancers to meet often-impossible body standards. The creator of #BopoBallerina, Werner has inspired other dancers to unite and share their stories.