National Eating Disorders Association

I was nervous and scared, as I set up my table at my university club fair in August. I was about to embark on an unfamiliar journey: starting the first eating disorder support group at my school.

Passerby: “What is this?”

Me: “Hi there, this year I am starting a support group for those struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating. Would you like to hear about it?”

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On October 10th, 200 passionate individuals converged in Washington, DC to meet with their representatives at NEDA’s first Federal Lobby Day, co-sponsored by the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). Despite the government shutdown, the threat of a truckers strike around the city and pouring rain, participants made their way to the Hill to use their voice to make a positive change.

Lobby Day Progress

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NEDA applauds President Obama for his speech at the National Conference on Mental Health on Monday, June 3rd, which emphasized the importance of increasing awareness and understanding about mental health issues. Specifically, the speech tackled three points central to the conversation surrounding mental health in the United States: reducing stigma, access to care, and the real possibility of recovery.

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Maintaining mental recovery - avoiding relapse

Hello everyone :)

I have a problem. I've been maintaining my recovery well since around 2013. Now - 4 years later I have begun to struggle again through my state of mind.

Really happy :-)

Right now I am doing really well. The excitement of trying my new and improved dress will be on my birthday, the 8th of next month!!! I'll be 35. Everyday I'm a newlywed, since everyday is new with my husband, best friend and soulmate. April 21st is going to be AWESOME!!! Just wanted to share how happy I am at the moment. I am truly feeling blessed.

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When I began my petition against Abercrombie & Fitch just over two weeks ago, I had no idea what it would become. I had no idea that it would inspire a movement.

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UPDATED POST: In an effort towards reaching solutions and opening a dialogue, Abercrombie & Fitch executives have agreed to meet next week with Lynn Grefe, President and CEO of NEDA, eating disorder experts Dr. Michael Levine and Dr. Sarah Murnen, Darryl Roberts, Director of America the Beautiful, and teen activists, Benjamin O'Keefe and Cali Linstron, who have recently voiced their concerns.

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My name is Benjamin O’Keefe. I am 18 years old and I have quite a few titles. I am professional stage and film actor, an activist, a political consultant and a public speaker. Oh, and I am me.

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