Recovering from an eating disorder is a daunting task. If you are someone who is trying to recover from an eating disorder, you know that it is tiring, frustrating, and oftentimes a true test of your strength and character. However, one thing that I’ve learned throughout my years of living with this disease is that, essentially, we are all sufferers of some kind. We all have our demons and temporary escapes that, if we all just got real with each other, we would be able to see.
Recovery is generally thought of as a process in which a person returns to a healthful state and, in the case of a person with an eating disorder, a process that should encompass the psychological, physical, behavioral, emotional, and spiritual components of the condition. Below, I’ve listed links to great organizations and websites dedicated to preventing, spreading awareness, and supporting those affected or who may be affected by an eating disorder.
Click on any one of the links below that best fits what you are looking for. Remember, we are all braving wars to survive in this world.
You never have to fight alone.
National Eating Disorder Association: Perhaps one of the most well known organizations devoted to preventing eating disorders, providing treatment referrals, and increasing the education and understanding of eating disorders, weight, and body image. It organizes and sponsors National Eating Disorders Week as well as their annual NEDA walks.
Something Fishy: One of the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive eating disorder websites packed with information on Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), and Compulsive Overeating. In addition to this, they also have forums for those suffering with eating disorders as well as for the families and friends of those suffering.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: The oldest organization aimed at fighting eating disorders in the United States. ANAD assists people struggling with eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa and also provides resources for families, schools and the eating disorder community.
N.A.M.E.D: An organization devoted to providing support to males with eating disorders, to educate the public on the issue, and to be a resource of information on the subject.
Mirror Mirror: An in depth website focused on spreading awareness not only about eating disorders such as Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), and Binge Eating Disorder (BED) but also about self harm, body image, addiction, and much more.
Finding Balance: A faith-based health and wellness organization with an emphasis on eating and body image issues.
Eating Disorder Hope: A website that offers education, support, and inspiration to eating disorder sufferers, their loved ones, and eating disorders treatment providers. Eating Disorder Hope resources include articles on eating disorder treatment options, support groups, recovery tools and more.