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The Truth About Eating Disorders

The Truth About Eating Disorders

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The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

URL: http://www.eatingdisorderinfo.org
Phone: 1-866-662-1235
Affiliation: Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy and Action
(EDC), a cooperative of professional and advocacy-based organi-
zations committed to advancing the federal recognition of eating
disorders as a public health priority
Mission: to allow children and young adults the opportunity to learn
about eating disorders and the positive effects of a healthy body
image; eating-disorders awareness programs on a nationwide
basis; also provides educational information about the warning
signs, dangers, and consequences of anorexia, bulimia, and other
related disorders

American Dietetic Association (ADA)

URL: http://www.eatright.org
Phone: 1-800-877-1600
Mission: provides a wealth of nutrition information, including locat-
ing nutritionists by zip code

Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. (ANRED)

URL: http://www.anred.com
Affiliation: National Eating Disorders Association; run by health pro-
fessionals actively involved in the field of eating disorders
Mission: to provide information food and weight disorders
Program: information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa,
binge-eating disorder, and other food and weight disorders; material

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includes self-help tips and information about recovery and preven-
tion; Web site is updated monthly

Center for Change

URL: http://www.centerforchange.com
Phone: 1-888-224-8250
Mission: to provide care for people with eating disorders in an atmo-
sphere of care and trust
Program: information about a variety of eating disorders, treatment
options, and the treatment plans available at the center

Eating-Disorder.com

URL: http://www.eating-disorder.com
Phone: 1-866-575-8179
Mission: to provide users with information on finding eating disorder
treatment centers and mental health professionals

GO GIRLS! (Giving Our Girls Inspiration and Resources for Lasting
Self-Esteem)

URL: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/p.asp?WebPage_ID=296
Phone: 1-206-382-3587
Affiliation: National Eating Disorders Association
Mission: to promote responsible advertising and to advocate for posi-
tive body images of youth by the media and major retailers
Program: high school prevention program and curriculum that
involves high school girls working together to improve self-esteem
and body image while acting as a voice for change

MEDLINEplus Health Information

URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
Affiliation: U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes
of Health
Mission: to provide information on more than 600 health topics
Program: includes information on drugs, a medical encyclopedia and
dictionary, current health news, directory of experts and resources,
and more

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

(ANAD)

URL: http://www.anad.org
Phone: 1-847-831-3438 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time, M–F)

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Mission: dedicated to alleviating the problems of eating disorders and
promoting healthy lifestyles
Program: provides hotline counseling, a national network of free sup-
port groups, referrals to health professionals, and education and
prevention programs

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

URL: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Phone: 1-800-931-2237
Affiliation: formed when Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention
joined forces with the American Anorexia Bulimia Association;
also formed alliances with Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders,
Inc., and the National Eating Disorders Organization
Mission: dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating dis-
orders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected
as well as support for their families
Program: education, advocacy, and research

National Institutes of Health

URL: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eatingdisorders/index.shtml
Mission: conduct research programs on health issues across the board,
maintain informational resources, enhance the country’s well-
being through science; keep the public informed on pressing health
issues, such as eating disorders

Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

URL: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines
Phone: 1-888-878-3256
Affiliation: Department of Health and Human Services and the
Department of Agriculture
Mission: to provide authoritative advice for people two years and
older about how good dietary habits can promote health and
reduce risk for major chronic diseases, and to serve as the basis
for federal food and nutrition education programs; includes a BMI
chart and MyPyramid; dietary guidelines updated every five years

Overeaters Anonymous

URL: http://www.overeatersanonymous.org
Phone: 1-505-891-2664
Mission: to help its members stop compulsive overeating

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Programs: meetings and other tools that provide a fellowship of experi-
ence, strength, and hope; members support one another’s anonymity

Rader Programs

URL: http://www.raderprograms.com
Phone: 1-800-841-1515
Mission: help individuals help themselves recover from the effects of
an eating disorder
Programs: provides acute and day-care treatment for people suffering
from eating disorders; centers in California and Oklahoma

The Renfrew Center

URL: http://www.renfrewcenter.com
Phone: 1-800-RENFREW
Affiliation: the Renfrew Foundation residential facility
Mission: dedicated exclusively to the treatment of eating disorders
Program: center provides information and treatment for women with
eating disorders; foundation develops and implements programs
that advance the awareness of eating disorders and related issues,
and provides financial assistance for women who cannot afford
professional treatment

Something Fishy

URL: http://www.something-fishy.org
Phone: 1-866-690-7239
Mission: dedicated to increasing awareness of eating disorders and
encouraging recovery
Program: provides information, treatment options and referrals,
online support, and chats

WebMD

URL: http://my.webmd.com
Affiliation: WebMD maintains objective editorial control but is funded
by a variety of associations and corporate sponsors
Mission: to provide a comprehensive online resource for health
information
Program: includes interactive calculators and quizzes, a medical
library, drug information, slide shows, symptom matching, and
more

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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/yrbs
Affiliation: Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Chronic
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Mission: to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute
markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social prob-
lems among youth and adults in the United States
Program: conducts surveys of ninth- through 12th-grade students
every two years

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