Rid Of Eating Disorders

Saving the lives of people who have an eating disorder(s)

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All About Us

When Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention (EDAP) joined forces with the American Anorexia Bulimia Association (AABA) – merging the largest and longest standing eating disorders prevention and advocacy organizations in the world, NEDA was formed in 2001. The merger was the most recent in a series of alliances that has also included the National Eating Disorder Organization (NEDO) and the Anorexia Nervosa & Related Disorders (ANRED). The NEDA Network is a collaboration with other like-minded organizations dedicated to our cause. Together, we provide a unified voice of strength, advocacy, and support in the fight against eating disorders.

Donate today!

Our feedback clearly shows that we work hard to get where we are today. We love working here and hope you would like to join the NEDA family to make us even bigger and stronger then we already are. Here are some examples of the comments we have received;

"I am the mother of a daughter with an eating disorder who found this non profit recently and I am very grateful for their website, facebook page , newsletters and plan to attend their 2015 conference. When you feel like your world has been tossed upside down the support NEDA offers is amazing." - Mia L. Oct. 30, 2014

"I have been a volunteer at NEDA's Helpline since May and have loved every second of it. All of the volunteers and interns are incredibly dedicated to helping others overcome their eating concerns and spreading the word about eating disorders and body image concerns and I feel truly blessed to be working alongside them."- Ndq Oct. 27, 20014

"NEDA really needed to be around years ago. I was so skeptical of them because it's hard to distinguish which organizations are the real deal and which one's are just 'fluff'. Several years ago I received an email about their annual conference I needed a break from work and decided to go. I was so shocked and amazed to see the caliber of information and organization of everything and the breadth of people NEDA has helped over the years. I cannot put that into words. At that conference, they said over 80 people received varied scholarships to attend from donations. I'd donated a little in the past but to actually see 'where' the money goes and put faces to the organization was so wonderful. All the free information on the website is incredible, and pertains to much more than NEDA-- esp. their insurance letters. They respond to you so efficiently, too. They go to congress to change the laws (and do). They help you on the individual level. They are the real deal." - Lajolla21 Oct. 18, 2014

How can I contact NEDA?

"Eating disorders don’t have to be isolating. Join the conversation in our forums or on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The National Eating Disorders Association’s free Information and Referral Helpline is a safe and confidential place to ask questions, find support and receive free information and referrals. We are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time. Our volunteers receive intensive training on eating disorders, and are here to guide you!

The NEDA Helpline can be contacted at (800) 931-2237, info@nationaleatingdisorders.org, and through our click-to-chat feature on our website at www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

You may also find information and referrals to eating disorders experts on our website at www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.

If you have questions about the Online Screening Program, please email us at info@nationaleatingdisorders.org."

Personal Stories

Recovery is Possible: A Male's Perspective

By Zachary Ihli

My name is Zachary Ihli. I'm 21 and a college student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire studying Nursing. I'm a part-time barista, a friend, a son, and your average twenty-something guy. I also have suffered from Anorexia Nervosa for the past 2 years of my life. Eating disorders are often labeled as "woman's" diseases, however I am living proof that men can (and increasingly do) have eating disorders. My struggle with Anorexia has effected every area of my life. I was forced to leave school, lost my friends, lost interest in my dreams, and lost hope in myself. Food became the only thing I cared about during the day. My mind was constantly worrying about what I ate and what I was going to eat. Every day was an exhausting battle in my head; a feeble attempt to cope with the pressures of life. As my disease progressed, my body eventually had enough; life needed to be put on hold. I entered treatment for the first time and was horrified. I didn't recognize that I had a problem. Contrary to my beliefs, treatment took longer than a month. I was in and out of the hospital, residential, and day treatment for about a year. For the first time in two years, I can see what recovery is. Recovery isn't some fairy tale that a lot of people think it is. It's life without an eating disorder. Life without constantly worrying about food, weight, and shape. Life that is actually worth living for. There were a lot of times during treatment where I felt like giving up. I had my fair share of dark days. I felt so alone being one of the only males in my treatment center. A lot of the other patients weren't able to understand where I was coming from. This made it difficult to open up during groups and therapy sessions. Eventually, something clicked. I realized that living your life and living with an eating disorder cannot coexist. My life was living proof that an eating disorder ruins everything you are striving towards. Recovery is possible. I'm living proof that recovery can happen. With hard work, dedication, and hope - you can recover from an eating disorder. Now, I'm not saying it's easy by any means. The toughest step is admitting that you need help. Males, especially have trouble with this. There's no shame in asking for help. In fact, admitting you need help is a sign of strength - not weakness. You're taking charge of your life. Recovery is awesome. My passions and dreams now seem real to me. They are tangible goals I am working towards, instead of far-off fantasies when I was struggling with Anorexia. Keep hope. Recovery is possible. You are worth it.

You can save a life!

With your donation, you can make a major difference! When your donation goes to either their fundraising or most importantly to the service programs that they provide, you are changing someone's lifestyle. NEDA can make a enormous fundamental difference in the lives of the many people who suffer with an eating disorder with your cooperation, strength, and efforts.

NEDA Rating: An Organization That Can Be Trusted

"For the second year in a row, NEDA has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator - a distinction only 18% of nonprofits can claim. NEDA has a 5-star rating on Great Non-Proftis based on public reviews."