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Southeast Asia Eating Disorder Treatment Information & Resources

young Asian womanDo your part to help spread eating disorder awareness throughout Southeast Asia and increase resources available to those battling these life-threatening conditions. If you are currently struggling with an eating disorder, reach out to one of these treatment programs near you or search for other international resources.


Treatment Centers & Therapists

NCS Counseling in Bangkok, Thailand, offers psychotherapy for eating disorder treatment. Counselors at this facility speak English, Thai, Dutch, German, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese.

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Singapore General Hospital has an eating disorder treatment program that includes traditional psychotherapy, nutritional education, and occupational therapy. This is located near Brani Island in Singapore.

Dr. Jeremy Alford works throughout Indonesia and is the founder of the Middle East Eating Disorders Association (MEEDA). He specializes in individualized eating disorder treatment.

Aska Aoshima, LMSW, Ed.M., is a certified Family Based Treatment (FBT) therapist and has been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for eating disorders. Aska is based in the Philippines and can be reached at [email protected] for more information.

Eating disorder awareness still low among Indonesians

“Unlike in the United States where eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia are common, many people in Indonesia are not aware of them.” Read more here.

This Is What It’s Like To Have An Eating Disorder In The Philippines

“Someday, like the other fads of America, the awareness surrounding eating disorders will reach this side of the world. But until then, I’ll just remain in my little closet, with this not-so-little Bulimarexia monster.” Read more here.

Discussion:

What are your thoughts on cultural norms and stigma surrounding eating disorders throughout other parts of Asia? A recent survey suggests that disordered eating is common in Japan but that many refuse to seek help. Watch the VLOG above for more information.


A 2015 study entitled “Disordered eating behaviors in university students in Hanoi, Vietnam” reports that as many as 48.8 percent of university students in Vietnam engage in some form of disordered eating. Read more here.

However, there are very few resources available in Vietnam and surrounding countries for those in recovery. Do you think the stigma contributes to lack of resources in this region? What can we do to help raise eating disorder awareness in Southeast Asia? Comment below!

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