Mission & Values

It might be a friend. A loved one. A coworker. Or maybe it’s you. At least 30 million Americans are suffering from an eating disorder—a type of mental illness that, left untreated, can cause life-threatening mental and physical problems. Nearly every hour in the U.S., someone dies due to complications related to an eating disorder.

But there is hope. Healing is possible. ANAD is here to help. ANAD is the leading nonprofit in the U.S. that provides free, peer support services to anyone struggling with an eating disorder, regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or background. Our nationwide network of volunteers understand first-hand the ups and downs of the recovery journey—because they, too, have lived the experience of an eating disorder. ANAD empowers volunteers to help others through their own recovery.

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Our Mission

ANAD’s mission is to relieve suffering by providing support & education to those struggling with disordered eating and body image.

Core Values

ANAD is committed to providing free services that are accessible to all.

ANAD demonstrates openness and inclusivity by respecting every part of the eating disorder recovery journey.

ANAD approaches every interaction with compassion and patience.

ANAD promotes self-care and wellbeing throughout our community.

ANAD believes in the power of community and longterm relationships.

Through teamwork and education, ANAD will find help for anyone.

DEI & Accessibility Statement

ANAD is a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization where all employees, volunteers and beneficiaries are valued and respected, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, body size, or disability. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and workplaces. We respect and value diverse life experiences, and ensure that all voices are heard and valued.

We’re committed to modeling diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility as a leading nonprofit in the eating disorders field.

ANAD Stands Against Weight Stigma

Fatphobia and weight stigma have no place in our society or the eating disorders field. ANAD respects and values the work of researchers, activists, organizations, and all others working to support our community members in larger bodies. In alignment with Health at Every Size® principles, ANAD knows that well-being has no look or size. ANAD is committed to amplifying the message that everyone deserves equitable access to care and support, regardless of their size and identities. 

As an organization, ANAD is committed to creating and maintaining spaces that foster healing and connection for anyone, especially those who feel isolated in their experience, have been silenced, or have faced discrimination. We hear you and believe the voices in our community that share their experiences around weight stigma, and will continue to stand with them. Together, we can be the change.

Community Engagement Committee

In 2024, we formed the Community Engagement Committee to assist in the building of a community that is representative and supportive of all who struggle with eating or body concerns. By combining diverse lived experiences and backgrounds, we seek to engage in and advance some much-needed conversations.