Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting at least 30 million people in the US alone . Recovering from an eating disorder, though possible for anyone, can be challenging and takes hard work, accountability, and support. But thanks to modern technology, there are numerous eating disorder recovery apps available to help you on your journey.
These five eating disorder recovery apps connect you with in-the-moment support, monitor your meals and behaviors, help you cope with difficult emotions, and give you the tools you need to find healing and hope as you walk down the recovery road.
Rise Up + Recover: An Eating Disorder Monitoring and Management Tool for Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and EDNOS
Created by Recovery Warriors, one of the top destinations for ED recovery resources, Rise Up + Recover is a powerful tool for anyone struggling with body image, dieting, food, or exercise.
Using the self-monitoring homework approach (one of the foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), users gain support and accountability for their recovery journey. The app allows you to:
- Log your meals, behaviors, and emotions
- Share PDF summaries of your meal logs and progress with your treatment team
- Set daily reminders to keep you motivated and inspired
- Access coping skill resources like journaling activities, lessons on body image, and mindfulness prompts
- Find professional help and support in your area
Recovery Record: Eating Disorder Management
Recovery Record is the “smart companion” for your eating disorder recovery journey. Not only does it give you access to motivational resources and tools to help you keep track of your eating and behaviors, but it also allows you to connect directly with your treatment team through the Recovery Record Clinician App.
Simply go to the “Connect” section in the app and invite your treatment team to connect with you. Through the Recovery Record app, you can:
- Keep a record of your meals, thoughts, and feelings
- Create custom coping strategies, recovery goals, and meal plans
- See charts of your trends, insights, and progress
- Set reminders to help keep you on track
- Fill out questionnaires to chart your progress
- Send and receive encouraging messages and virtual gifts with other users
- Connect with your treatment team and get in-the-moment support as they write you messages, set meal plans, see and comment on your logs, and help keep you accountable
Eating Disorder Recovery App
Eating Disorder Recovery App is an educational resource that teaches users about eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating and feeding disorders. Through 12 video sessions of 5-10 minutes each, you’ll learn:
- What an eating disorder is
- Common signs and symptoms of eating disorders
- Why it’s so important to seek professional help
- What types of treatment are available to you
- Practical coping tools to help you start your recovery journey
The app also includes interactive quizzes to help you apply what you learned in the video lessons and a finder tool to connect you with health care facilities in your area.
Cost: Free plan includes access to 3 videos, quizzes, notes, and the finder tool. A one-time purchase of $2.99 unlocks the remaining videos plus an audiobook and ebook.
Brighter Bite – ED Recovery
Brighter Bite calls itself your “eating disorder recovery buddy.” Utilizing acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) techniques, Brighter Bite helps you navigate difficult times you may encounter during recovery. The Brighter Bite app enables you to:
- Track your thoughts and moods
- Keep a daily record of meals and behaviors
- Engage in 20+ therapeutic activities to help you relax based on your thoughts and feelings
- Access recovery resources like community support, treatment, and educational content
- Track and share your progress with your treatment team
See daily motivational quotes to help you stay strong
Eating Disorder Test
Have you ever wondered if you have an eating disorder? Is your relationship with food, eating, exercise, or body image complicated and difficult? If so, this is the app for you.
After taking a simple 2-minute test, you’ll be able to find out if your relationship with food, eating, and exercise is problematic. Once you take the test, the app also points you towards helpful resources to get you started on the recovery journey.
If you think you or a loved might have an eating disorder, seek professional help by calling the National Eating Disorder Association helpline at (800) 931-2237. If you are currently in recovery from an eating disorder, consider downloading one or more eating disorder recovery apps to help you stay strong on the road to recovery.
 Eating Disorder Statistics • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. (2019, June 17). https://anad.org/education-and-awareness/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/.
About the Author:
Sarah Musick is a freelance writer who specializes in eating disorder awareness and education. After battling with a 4-years long eating disorder, she made it her mission to help others find hope and healing in recovery.
Her work has been featured on numerous eating disorder blogs and websites. When she’s not writing, Sarah is off traveling the world with her husband.
The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective on eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer a discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.
We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.
Published September 16, 2020, on EatingDisorderHope.com
Reviewed & Approved on September 16, 2020, by Jacquelyn Ekern MS, LPC