“Nine Truths About Eating Disorders”:


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The following information was taken from the website http://worldeatingdisordersday.org
Please visit their website for more information about World Eating Disorders Action Day.

Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.
Truth #3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.
Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.
Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.
Truth #7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.
Truth #8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.
Truth #9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.

The “Nine Truths” have been translated into multiple languages and were produced by the Academy for Eating Disorders in collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, who serves as distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Nine Truths” is based on Dr. Bulik’s 2014 “9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted” talk at the National Institute of Mental Health.

The Butterfly Foundation Tel: 1 800 33 4673
Eating Disorders Victoria Tel: 1300 550 236 or (03) 9417 65

ANBN Tel: ++0032 (0)16 898989

Anorexia and Bulimia Quebec (ANEB) Tel: 1 800 630-0907
National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC) Tel: 1-866-633-4220

LMS-Landsforeningen mod spiseforstyrrelser og selvskade, National Association for Eating Disorders and Self-harm Tel: 7010 1818

摂食障害の自助・ピアサポートグループ NABA Tel: 03-3302-0710

New Zealand
Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand Tel: 0800 2 EDANZ

United States of America
Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Tel: 630-577-1330
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Tel: 800-931-2237
The Elisa Project (Texas) Tel: 866-837-1999

Online Information and Support

Eating Disorder Parent Support (EDPS)
Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)
Gürze/Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue
Islam and Eating Disorders
Recovery Warriors

Aussie Supporting Parents
The Butterfly Foundation
Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV)
Tasmania Recovery from Eating Disorders (TRED)

Anorexie Boulimie Ensemble

Anorexia and Bulimia Quebec (ANEB)
Eating Disorders Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (EDFNL)
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia Canada
Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta
Hope’s Garden, Eating Disorders Resource and Support Centre
Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
Silver Linings Foundation

NADA, Croatian Association of Eating Disorders (Udruga “Nada”–Association “Hope”)

LMS-Landsforeningen mod spiseforstyrrelser og selvskade, National Association for Eating Disorders and Self-harm

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Eating Disorders Association (HEDA)

Bodywhys-The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland

Eating Disorders Community Peerful
Eating Disorder Hope Japan
Japan Association for Eating Disorders (JAED)

Middle East Eating Disorders Association

New Zealand
Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand (EDANZ)

United Arab Emirates
Middle East Eating Disorders Association

United Kingdom
Anorexia and Bulimia Care
Eating Disorders Association of Northern Ireland
Elephant in the Room Foundation
Men Get Eating Disorders Too (MGEDT)

United States of America
Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
Eating Disorder Coalition of Miami
Eating Disorder Foundation
Eating Disorder Hope
The Elisa Project
Missouri Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA)
Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)
Nalgona Positivity Pride
National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED)
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
Ophelia’s Place
Project Heal
Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders (T-FFED)

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