National Eating Disorders Association

I’m at Risk for an Eating Disorder...Now What?

Lauren Smolar, Director of Helpline Services

I took the screening  and it told me I could be at risk for an eating disorder...what do I do now?

First, congratulations for reaching out to the National Eating Disorders Association and finding the courage to take the screening. You’ve taken the first step to getting help! If your results show that you are at risk for an eating disorder, it means that you selected criteria that could be consistent with disordered eating behaviors and it’s time to get the help you deserve to overcome those thoughts and behaviors. 

How do I get help? What will it look like?

NEDA recommends seeking help from a team of professionals who specialize in treating eating disorders. Generally, some kind of multidisciplinary team composed of professionals who can help with your mental health, nutritional needs and physical health are important components of a team. To get started, it’s important to figure out what level of care you may need and from there figure out who would be good options for your treatment. Treatment can be a little different for everyone so if you aren’t sure where to begin, the NEDA Helpline can help you get started.

Call the toll-free National Eating Disorders Helpline at 800.931.2237 or contact the NEDA Helpline through Click-to-Chat .

I don’t know how I feel about a professional. What else is out there?

Ultimately, professional help is recommended for you to get the help you need, but NEDA has some other services that might help you while you pursue recovery:

  • NEDA Forums are available 24 hours a day to provide you with support from others going through the recovery process.
  • Proud2BMe is a body-positive online community for young people
  • Support groups are a great way to connect with others in person.

My parent/partner/friend/sibling wants to help me. What do you have for them?

  • The NEDA Navigators program connects loved ones with others who have already been through the recovery process themselves or have supported a loved one through recovery. These volunteers use their experience to provide guidance to loved ones navigating the recovery process.
  • Toolkits  are available to provide loved ones with a wealth of information about eating disorders and the recovery process.
  • NEDA Forums are available for loved ones too!

I’m concerned that treatment is too expensive/too far away.

It’s important to connect with in-person professional help, but there are some affordable online tools that can help as you work on getting yourself connected with treatment options. Ask the NEDA Helpline about:

  • Online treatment and support options
  • Insurance resources
  • Low-cost treatment alternatives

This is overwhelming and I don’t feel ready.

This IS overwhelming, but you have made a huge step forward towards recovery already! Identifying your concerns is the first step—getting to the next step can be overwhelming, but NEDA is here to help. We have information and treatment options to help connect you with care and our NEDA Helpline will be there to help you find what you are looking for. Best wishes on your continued journey!


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