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. Recovery 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.

Our Mission

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


Our Values

ANAD’s core values are as follows:

  • 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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & 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.