Medical Evaluation of Eating Disorders

Medical Evaluation of Eating Disorders By: Allison Haener MSN, FNP-BC Where do I start? Seeking help if you or a loved one suffers from an eating disorder can seem like an overwhelming task. In addition to being mentally and emotionally challenging, there can be logistical challenges. The good news is, many eating disorders can be […]

Betsy’s Story: Eating Disorder in Midlife

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When I was diagnosed with anorexia in my forties, I held the same preconceived notions that many hold – that those afflicted with this illness are young, female, and white teenagers or young adults. Yes, I had lost significant weight off my small frame that I did not need to lose. And yes, I was […]

Compliments and Eating Disorders


It’s a wonderful thing, offering someone a compliment. You may genuinely appreciate something about a friend or loved one and want to make them feel good. But even with good intent, mentioning someone’s body or appearance can bring up difficult feelings. For someone in recovery from or who is actively struggling with an eating disorder, […]

Back to School Resources

Back-to-school time means new routines, schedules, and connections, which may trigger eating disorder thoughts and feelings. To help with that, ANAD has compiled a list of resources, articles, and guides that can help students and educators learn how to navigate the transition back to school for anyone with an eating disorder or body image concerns. […]

BIPOC Mental Health Month Resources

BIPOC Mental Health Month is coming to an end, but there is still work to be done to understand eating disorders in the BIPOC community. To get help and learn more, check this roundup of BIPOC-focused articles and organizations. Get Help Support Groups ANAD ANAD pioneered the eating disorder peer support group more than 45 […]

Pride Month Resources

Pride month is coming to an end, but there is still work to be done to understand eating disorders in the LGBTQ+ community. To get help and learn more, check this roundup of LGBTQ-focused articles and organizations. Get Help The Trevor Project FedUp Collective ANAD services Monday Midday LGBTQ+ Eating Disorder & Body Image Support […]

Eating Disorders in the AAPI Community

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Eating disorders are prevalent in AAPI communities, but there is very little data about how they develop and why diagnoses and treatment are lacking. To get help and learn more, check this roundup of AAPI-focused articles and organizations. Get Help The Asian Mental Health Project ANAD […]

Betsy Brenner

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Author, Mentor, Advocate “The only way out is through and you really need to develop a self-awareness that allows you to go back and understand how the experiences in your life have shaped you and why you responded that way.” – Betsy Brenner   Tell me about yourself. I am originally from Rochester, NY, but […]

Navigating Ramadan with an Eating Disorder

If you are someone worried about your relationship with food and your body, and how that might affect your relationship with fasting, know that you’re not alone. While it can be hard to talk about, reach out to the people around you who make you feel safe, and begin a conversation about your approach to […]

How Nutrition Affects Eating Disorder Recovery, Body Awareness and Myths

Sponsored by Eating Recovery Center Misconceptions about food are prevalent in society and can lead to disordered eating behaviors. Two of our Eating Recovery Center (ERC) nutrition experts explain how nutrition plays a fundamental role in eating disorder treatment and recovery. Previously working together as co-managers for dietitians at ERC Dallas, Kathryn Johnson, RD, LD, CEDRD-S, […]