Eating Disorder Peer Support Groups
ANAD pioneered the eating disorder peer support group more than 45 years ago, and today we are the largest peer support resource for eating disorders in the country. ANAD’s eating disorder support groups provide a free, virtual space where people can come together and find community in recovery.
This community fills a gap in care, providing an accessible space for those who are struggling.
How to Attend
- Choose your group
- Receive Confirmation
ANAD Peer Support Group Features
* Registrants to each group will be sent a weekly reminder with a Zoom link. Feel free to attend the same meeting each week!
How can support groups help me?
Support groups are often a first step for people who struggle with their body image and/or eating disorders, those who are committed to continuing their recovery, and everyone in between.
Groups provide a space where everyone in the room has a common experience. Many people have never met anyone else with an eating disorder, or someone who has recovered. Getting to meet those people, share feelings and experiences, and not have to explain themselves to those around them can be a powerful catalyst for healing.
Our support groups are led by trained volunteers who have recovered from their own eating disorder, or volunteer professionals in the eating disorder field. Support groups are open to anyone, at any stage of their recovery journey. They are not a replacement for therapy, but serve as a complement.
Support groups play an important and unique role in the recovery process, and we invite you to join us and find out for yourself.
Support Group Schedule
General Eating Disorder Support Groups
- Monday at 6pm EST / 3pm PST
- Monday at 8pm EST / 5pm PST
- Tuesday at 12pm EST / 9am PST
- Tuesday at 9pm EST / 6pm PST
- Wednesday at 6pm EST / 3pm PST
- Thursday at 12pm EST / 9am PST
- Thursday at 9pm EST / 6pm PST
Focused Eating Disorder Support Groups
- LGBTQ+ – Monday at 5pm EST / 2pm PST
- Siblings – Monday at 8:00 pm EST / 5:00 pm PST
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) – Monday at 8pm EST / 5pm PST
- Older Adults – Tuesday at 1pm EST / 10am PST
- Teens and Young Adults – Tuesday at 7pm EST / 4pm PST
- People in Larger Bodies – Wednesday at 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST
Caregivers – Thursday at 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST
ANAD Affiliate Groups
ANAD Affiliate Group are led by mental health professionals affiliated with ANAD. Affiliate groups have their own schedules. Please consult the spreadsheet for contact info to learn current status.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! All support groups are free. However, ANAD is a donation-based community organization, so we do rely on donations from anyone involved in our services. Donate what you can, when you can!
Support groups are open to anyone. The people who attend are of all ages, races, genders, and experiences. Some people are currently in treatment, others may only be starting to realize that they have a problem. No matter where someone is on their journey, they are welcome.
ANAD Peer Support Groups have roughly the same format for each group. They are 75 minutes long, meet weekly, are kept small to allow for everyone’s participation, and use communication guidelines for a safe space. ANAD Affiliate Groups, which are run by clinical professionals at different organizations, have different formats, but often involve a check in & discussion. Members can draw on the support and experience of others.
Yes, groups are confidential. While we do encourage video usage, especially when speaking, it is not required in order to participate. We also include a statement at the beginning of each group asking people to respect the confidentiality of the group.
Yes, you need to be at least 18 to participate in ANAD peer support groups, with the exception of our Adolescent/Teens support group.
We have rules in place to maintain the safety of the group and well being of participants. Should you join us, you will have the opportunity to learn them.
Zoom links will be sent out ahead of each group. Please click on the link prior to the start time of your meeting. We recommend up to 10 minutes in advance and this will help ensure that you get a spot for that day.
Please try again next week. If you’re still not getting in, feel free to contact us about it.
No. Our peer support groups are only open to community members with eating disorders and not open to the public for observation.