Research on Eating Disorders and Advocacy

Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

Legislative advocacy is crucial to bringing attention to the full spectrum of eating disorders, including awareness, education, early intervention and prevention programs, and more.

Legislative and federal advocacy is needed to promote recognition of eating disorders as a health care priority at both the federal and state level, which helps encourage treatment, fund crucial research, and break the many stigmas that surround these diseases.

Unifying as a Community

Coming together and unifying as a community creates a powerful voice that propels advocacy across the country and the world. Joining your voice with countless others who have been impacted by an eating disorder sends a message that changes are needed to address and effectively treat these serious psychiatric disorders.

If you have been considering taking part in advocacy in the eating disorder community, there are many organizations that you can participate in on both a national and international level, such as the following:

  • Eating Disorder Coalition
  • The National Eating Disorder Association
  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals
  • Mirror-Mirror
  • F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders)
  • Beat (Beating Eating Disorders)
  • Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • The Elisa Project
  • The Emily Program Foundation
  • Maudsley Parents
  • MentorConnect
  • Binge Eating Disorder Assocation (BEDA)
  • Multiservice Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)
  • The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders

Joining One of the Numerous Organizations

Five joyful friendsThere are many more organizations that unite individuals to proclaim a bold message on behalf of eating disorders sufferers, families, friends, carers and loved ones. Joining with an advocacy group, such as one of the above organizations, can be powerful way to promote a better understanding of eating disorders and greater efficacy in the way these diseases are managed and treated.

There is no effort that is too small to make a meaningful contribution to this growing field in the eating disorder community. Consider how you can become involved and make a difference in the lives of others who may be struggling with an eating disorder.

Community Discussion – Share your thoughts here!

How have you participated in advocacy for eating disorders and research? What organizations have you been part of in the eating disorder community? How would you encourage other individuals who are looking for ways to participate in advocacy?

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on July 17th, 2015
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