Advocacy

The Healing Power of Advocacy

By: 
Annie Seal

When my daughter became sick with a serious eating disorder eight years ago, I found few local resources and limited treatment options. Insurance denied my daughter treatment randomly and often. When we were denied coverage for treatment, I became outraged and she became sicker. I remember thinking, “Is this legal?” Sadly, I learned that while not exactly legal, enough loopholes existed in the system to make denial of treatment possible. Here we were dealing with the most serious, complex, and fatal of all mental illnesses, yet we were unable to get our daughter care.

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Mental Health Reform Act of 2016

By: 
Renee Lavigne

The Senate is getting ready to vote on the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, which could have a large impact on the eating disorders community. The bill aims to expand access to mental health services, including eating disorders treatment.

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The Modeling Industry is Changing. It’s About Time.

By: 
Nikki DuBose

As a former model, commercial actress and host, I enjoyed my share of success within the fashion and entertainment industries. I also suffered from binge eating disorder, bulimia and anorexia nervosa for the length of my career—although the behaviors didn’t begin in the industry, they were exacerbated by things I heard, saw and experienced: things like sexual harassment, trauma, bullying, exposure to wild parties, drinking, drugs and the daily pressure to lose weight.

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Health Subcommittee Reviews Key Eating Disorders Prevention Legislation!

By: 
Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

NEDA is excited to announce that the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing yesterday on H.R. 4153, the Educating to Prevent Eating Disorders Act of 2015, following the bill’s introduction in the House last week by Representative Renee Ellmers.

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What is a M.O.M. March?

By: 
Cherie Monarch, Mom

Many of you have asked - what is a MOM March and how was it born?

The M.O.M. (Mothers & Others) March was founded by Alliance For Eating Disorders Awareness, Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) and Mothers Against Eating Disorders (MAED).  The mission of the M.O.M March is both simple and powerful:

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Putting Kids Before Profits: Massachusetts Campaign Takes Dietary Supplements to Task.

By: 
S. Bryn Austin, ScD, and Beth Mayer, LICSW

Think dietary supplements are healthy and safe, right? Think again. Sure, they are in every local health food store, pharmacy, and grocery, but because of a loophole the size of the Grand Canyon in federal law, the usual government safeguards we depend on to keep our food and drugs safe do not apply to dietary supplements.

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NEDA Applauds Governor Jay Nixon for his Support!

By: 
Kira Rakova, Communications Intern

On June 19, Gov. Nixon of Missouri signed into law SB 145, legislation which requires health benefit plans to cover the treatment and diagnosis of eating disorders within the state. 

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Are Workplace Wellness Programs Really Voluntary?

By: 
Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

Free yoga classes! Lower health insurance premiums! Discounts and cash! And all you have to do is participate in your workplace wellness program! Good deal, right?

In theory, it makes sense to use incentives to encourage employees to improve their health. But in practice, many of these “voluntary” programs are discriminatory and can be especially dangerous to those affected by eating disorders.

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The Pros & Cons of France's New Eating Disorder Legislation

By: 
Theresa Santoro, Legislative Advocacy Intern

France Bans Skinny Models from the Fashion Industry

Last Friday, April 3rd, the lower branch of the French Parliament, the National Assembly, passed legislation that would ban dangerously thin models from the fashion industry. As part of a wider health care bill expected to become law this week, the fashion industry is targeted to help change the perception of body image in the fashion world. The bill is currently awaiting approval from the Senate. 

The bill has multiple provisions, including the following:

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NEDA Congratulates our 2014 Award Winners

By: 
Maggi Flaherty, Director of Communications & Digital Engagement

NEDA is incredibly honored and proud to announce the 2014 NEDA Award Winners, presented to individual for their outstanding contributions to the field of eating disorders:

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