National Eating Disorders Association

The 2016 NEDA Conference may be over, but the lasting friendships and memories will stay with attendees long after they depart Chicago. The day kicked off with members of our Family Panel sharing insights on their experiences with eating disorders, recovery and treatment.

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NEDA is so excited to be here in the bustling Chicago area for the 2016 NEDA Conference! This year’s Conference is themed, “The Sky’s the Limit: Advances and Insights in Eating Disorders Treatment and Prevention.”

Attendees kicked off the day with a Shire-sponsored breakfast with Monica Seles, renowned tennis player and author of Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self

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Editor's note: this post originally appeared on Proud2Bme.org.

In one month, many of the greatest activists and professionals will converge in San Diego at the annual NEDA Conference to discuss the state of eating disorder treatment, research, and advocacy. 

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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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Day two of the 2014 NEDA Conference was a day of hope. Both general sessions – the Family Panel and the session on Prevention – sent the message that when we stick together, we can make progress against eating disorders. We also announced the winners of the Feeding Hope Fund grants, whose innovative research projects will also make progress in the ways we treat eating disorders.

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Howdy, y’all! NEDA is so excited to be here in lovely San Antonio for the 2014 NEDA Conference! This year’s Conference is themed, “Thinking Big: Uniting Families and Professionals in the Fight Against Eating Disorders,” and we are doing just that!

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About ten years ago, I drove four hours from Nashville, where I lived at the time, to Atlanta, Georgia. I had no idea what to expect at the conference; I only knew one other person attending.

I was just going to be another face in the crowd. Or so I thought.

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NEDA announced the first recipients of the Feeding Hope Fund for Clinical Research & Training grant at the 2013 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Totaling $400,000, the two grants were given to Daniel Le Grange, PhD and Denise Wilfley, PhD with an eye on utilizing technology to improve treatment for eating disorders.

 In this post, Dr. Wilfley talks more in depth about her project, Harnessing Technology for Training Clinicians to Deliver Interpersonal Psychotherapy :

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EATING DISORDERS ARE FAMILY DISORDERS

Eating disorders are family disorders. Keynote speaker at this year’s National Eating Disorders Association Conference, Dr Thomas Insel, spoke from the heart.

The Federal government shutdown meant he could not speak as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) so Dr Insel, the father of two children born in the late 1970s, spoke as a parent.

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The first general session on the second day of the Conference – NEDA’s annual Family Panel – sent  a powerful and vital message to attendees: recovery is real and possible for everyone. The Family Panel included personal stories of overcoming and perseverance in the face of an eating disorder diagnosis, as well as touching stories from both a father and partner of individuals affected on what they have learned about supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. Here is an overview of this year’s panelists:

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