Common Eating Disorders
ANOREXIA NERVOSA: Characterized by weight loss, inability to maintain an appropriate weight, distorted body image, caloric restriction, and intense fear of weight gain and becoming fat. Individuals do not have to be underweight to have anorexia.
BULIMIA NERVOSA: Characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxative misuse, diuretics or other medications, or fasting designed to undo the effects of binge eating.
BINGE EATING DISORDER (BED): Characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food; feeling out of control during the binge; experiencing intense shame, distress, or guilt afterwards, but not using unhealthy compensatory measures.
OTHER SPECIFIED FEEDING OR EATING DISORDER (OSFED): Individuals in this category do not meet strict diagnostic criteria for anorexia or bulimia but still have a significant eating disorder.
AVOIDANT RESTRICTIVE FOOD INTAKE DISORDER (ARFID): Characterized by food limitations and/ or restrictions, but without any distress about body shape or size, or fears of fatness.
Eating Disorder Resources
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
The Academy for Eating Disorders helps physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, academic researchers, students and experts through lived experience connect and collaborate with each other and keep abreast of recent developments in eating disorders research.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Eat Right is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals offering helpful information along with a database for finding a registered dietician in your area.
Addiction Center -Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders commonly co-occur with substance abuse, addiction and alcoholism. Addiction Center is a wonderful site that offers a 24/7 hotline, an array of in-depth and up-to-date information, treatment help and options, FAQ’s, support groups and many other helpful resources.
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (The Alliance) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach and education related to health promotion, including all eating disorders, positive body image, and self-esteem. This multi-faceted organization offers educational presentations, support groups for those struggling and for their family and friends, advocacy for mental health legislation, toll-free national phone help line, as well as referrals, training, support and mentoring services all free of charge.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
ANAD is a non-profit corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Its site offers many resources including ANAD support groups that can be located near you.
Binge Eating Disorder Association
BEDA has now merged with NEDA and is a national organization focused on providing leadership, recognition, prevention, and treatment of BED and associated weight stigma. Through outreach, education and advocacy, BEDA facilitates increased awareness and proper diagnosis of BED, and promotes excellence in care for those who live with, and those who treat, binge eating disorder and its associated conditions.
Break Binge Eating
Break Binge Eating is a comprehensive website dedicated to providing all the scientific information you need in relation to eating disorders, including their nature, causes, consequences, statistics, and treatments. The information is designed to be applicable to anyone; ranging from those who simply want to learn more about eating disorders to those who are in need of evidence-based self-help strategies for their problematic eating behavior and body image concerns.
Bulimia Nervosa Resource Guide
This site offers an array of resources with accurate information specific to bulimia nervosa, which are appropriate to aid families, friends, professionals and sufferers with the recovery process.
Comprehensive Guide to Eating Disorders and How to Help
This is a comprehensive guide that covers each eating disorder specifically, along with eating disorders as a whole. The guide thoroughly explains each type of eating disorder, the warning signs, symptoms, causes, diagnostic criteria, and effects. You can find answers to common questions, up-to-date statistics, treatment options, and links to additional resources.
Eating Disorders Coalition
The EDC’s mission is to advance the recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority throughout the United States. The nonprofit organization has built relationships with Congress, federal agencies and countless national and local organizations dedicated to health issues.
Eating Disorder Hope
Eating Disorder Hope’s mission is to offer hope, information and resources to individual eating disorder sufferers, their family members and treatment providers.
Eating Disorder Medical Stabilization Program at Torrance Memorial
Dr. Linda Schack facilitates one of the few comprehensive medical stabilization programs available in the United States that is capable of treating some of the most severe and complicated eating disorder cases. The program is very private and individualized led by an advanced interdisciplinary team and compassionate nurses.
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
EDreferral is a comprehensive and easy to search database of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorder treatment professionals. The site offers ways to locate treatment and providers near you.
EQUIP: Eating Disorder Treatment that Works -Delivered at HomeFamilies Empowered & Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders
F.E.A.S.T. is an international organization of and for caregivers of eating disorder patients. F.E.A.S.T. serves families by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.
Gurze-Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue
The Most Widely-Used Resource in the Eating Disorder Field since 1980.
The International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP)
The IAEDP Foundation is well recognized for its excellence in providing first quality education and high-level training standards for professionals who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems. They hold an annual conference and offer education, training, and certification for providers in the field of eating disorders.
Maudsley Parents offers information on eating disorders and family-based treatment, family stories of recovery, supportive parent-to-parent advice, and treatment information for families who opt for family-based Maudsley treatment.
Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)
MEDA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and compassionate treatment of eating disorders. They offer a multitude of services, resources, support groups, educational material, events and ways to join the organization.
National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. The site offers substantial resources about all aspects of eating disorders.
The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders
N.A.M.E.D. is a nationwide professional association committed to leadership in the field of male eating disorders. It aims to provide support for males affected by eating disorders, provide access to collective expertise, and promote the development of effective clinical intervention and research in this population.
National Institute of Mental Health
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. The site offers many resources, education and help for mental illnesses.
National Suicide Prevention LifelineNot Your Average Nutritionist -Libby Parker, MS, RD
Libby is a top eating disorder professional and dietitian serving San Luis Obispo County and virtual clients. She works one-on-one with clients, as well as with Cal Poly college students and athletes. Libby offers a tremendous variety of services and resources for individuals and professionals, including health presentations for groups. Her website contains up-to-date information, insights and online education.
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating, binge eating and other eating disorders using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity.
Project HEAL (Help to Eat, Accept and Live) is a not-for-profit organization in the United States and Canada. It provides scholarship funding for people with eating disorders who cannot afford treatment, promotes healthy body image and self-esteem.
Psychology Today is the #1 source of referrals online. It offers one of the largest professional databases of professionals with an easy to use search feature to find help near your designated location. Quickly find a therapist, psychiatrist, treatment center, or support that matches your specific criteria.