National Eating Disorders Association

Annual report 2016

Dear Friends,

15 years ago, a handful of small eating disorders organizations with a vision of a world without eating disorders united to form the National Eating Disorders Association. Today, our future has never been brighter.

As we look forward, we will continue to drive change through corporate social responsibility, build stronger communities through walks, and mobilize our constituents in legislative advocacy. The partnerships we’ve developed with Crisis Text Line, Facebook, and Instagram have not only amplified our voice but they also put us in the vanguard of using technology to advance early detection and support those in need. We are also proud to be working with companies like our national walk sponsor, Aerie, to lead the body-positive movement and shape the future of advertising.

This year in particular was a time of exceptional growth for NEDA. We reached nearly 200 million people during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, brought 20,000 together at NEDA Walks across the country, and screened more than 50,000 at-risk individuals. Our expanded services now include 24/7 crisis text support and we’re bringing the Body Project prevention program to educators nationwide. NEDA has always been a lifeline to those affected by eating disorders and now, our reach extends throughout the country and around the world.

Of course, none of this would be possible without our generous donors and our dedicated advisors, staff, and volunteers. The past 15 years have seen amazing changes in the field of eating disorders and we are deeply grateful for your support. I look forward to working with each of you as we set out on the next 15 years. Together, we will blaze new trails, save more lives, and build a world free from eating disorders.

With gratitude,
Claire Mysko

Volunteer Spotlight

Judy Avrin

Judy Avrin’s 19-year-old daughter, Melissa Rose, lost her life to bulimia seven years ago. Melissa was a bright, creative young woman who hoped to someday become a filmmaker. Inspired by her daughter’s journal writings and her poem “Someday …,” Judy created and produced the documentary Someday Melissa: The Story of an Eating Disorder, Loss and Hope.

In the hopes that no one else should ever experience the loss of a child to an eating disorder, Judy has worked tirelessly to shine the spotlight on eating disorders and send the message that these are life-threatening illnesses, not lifestyle choices. She is the winner of the 2015 Robbie Munn Volunteer of the Year Award and an inspiration to us all.

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NEDA Staff

As a team of 22 dedicated professionals, the NEDA staff made great strides this year. Thanks to their hard work and collaborative spirit, NEDA broke records and pioneered new programs.

But the best part of working at NEDA?

"The most fulfilling part of my role as the volunteer program supervisor at NEDA is the opportunity to learn and work alongside with our incredible volunteers and interns. Their dedication to NEDA's mission and commitment to volunteerism is reflected in the support they provide to individuals and families affected by eating disorders." -Gabe Gavito, Volunteer Program Supervisor

“I love working with young people to give them a space where their honest opinions can be heard. The contributors to the NEDA blog and Proud2Bme are fighting to make the world a better place and it’s amazing to be a part of that.” – Diana Denza, Communications Associate

“Being able to serve as a helping hand and compassionate ear is incredibly rewarding. I love hearing all of the success stories that come in from people who have found recovery after calling the NEDA Helpline.” – Elizabet Altunkara, LMSW, Helpline Supervisor