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Someone you know is battling an eating disorder. It could be your mother, father, daughter, son, neighbor, friend, colleague. Or you. Nearly 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from anorexia and bulimia; many millions more from binge eating disorder, disordered eating, body dissatisfaction, and weight concerns.

You may be unaware of the personal yet profound struggle that haunts these individuals daily. On the outside they may appear successful, happy and leading a rewarding life. But as the cliché admonishes, looks can be deceiving. Early detection, intervention and treatment are essential for successful treatment and full recovery. EDRC is here to help guide you and your loved ones through the recovery process.

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Recovery Record app
Download the Recovery Record app, the world’s number one mobile application for eating disorders.
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Treatment Center & Practitioner Directory 
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness’ Treatment Center & Practitioner Directory is the most up-to-date listing of all US eating disorder treatment programs. This directory also lists if individual programs accept Medicare/Medicaid.

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7 Cups 
7 Cups is an on-demand emotional health service. Its bridging technology anonymously & securely connects people to free, real peer support counselors and licensed therapists in one-on-one text chat.
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Latest News and Events Posts

2018

Leigh High School Student Raises Eating Disorders Awareness

In a study done in 180 high schools by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and YMCA’s Project Cornerstone, it was reported that 16% of students were engaging in eating disorder behaviors such as restricting calories, binging, and purging. This may not seem like a big number, but in fact, it translates to almost 7000 youths suffering under this condition every day. Celine Wang, a current sophomore at Leigh High School, once described herself as part of the 16%. Her eating disorder began in 7th grade and progressed for two years before she finally recovered. “I remember counting every calorie that I consumed and obsessing over the unrealistic body standard that I had set for myself. At one point, I was only eating 500 calories a day”, Celine remarks on her struggle.

After recovering and realizing how much of a negative impact an eating disorder can have on a teenager’s quality of life and their relationships, Celine was determined to help others and raise awareness. She is now spearheading this year’s “Everybody’s Beautiful” writing contest for the Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) as the head coordinator. Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating are hidden epidemics and have been overlooked by the public for too many years. For this reason, the EDRC has made it their mission to spread awareness of these often misunderstood and stigmatizing mental illnesses by offering free support groups, educating health care professionals, and connecting those struggling with highly-qualified eating disorders experts.

Executive Director Janice Bremis shares enthusiastically, “I am thrilled to have Celine coordinate and lead this year’s event. Last year, over 200 students participated in this writing contest. It’s important to get the word out because it helps students recognize the effect that media has on body image and encourages them to see beauty in all shapes and sizes.” This competition invites students in grades 6-12 to share their own views on beauty, social body standards, and self-esteem. The entries may be written in English or Spanish and will be accepted through March 3, 2018. Middle and high school entries will be judged separately, with the top three poems and essays from each category awarded cash prizes of up to $300. If you would like to learn more about the contest, please contact celine@edrcsv.org.

Local High School Students Volunteer with EDRC for Benchmark Projects

High school students from Irvington and Pioneer High School volunteer for EDRC to learn more about eating disorders for their school benchmark projects. 

Stanford University Eating Disorder Program Recruiting Participants for New Studies

Stanford University’s Eating Disorder Program is currently recruiting eligible participants for the following two studies:

Confirming the Efficacy/Mechanism of an Adaptive Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa

Stanford University and UCSF’s Eating Disorder Programs are recruiting adolescents ages 12 to 18 with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and their families to participate in a Family Based Treatment research study. By participating in this study participants receive FBT, an evidence-based treatment, free of charge and $50 upon completion of the study for the adolescent. The study entails of 15-18 sessions of FBT over a 9 month period with a follow-up occurring at both 6 months and 1 year post treatment. Everyone in the study gets FBT from trained psychologists starting immediately following enrollment. This study aims to confirm whether adding an adaptive treatment (a 3-session Intensive Parental Coaching-IPC Intervention) compatible with FBT significantly improves outcomes by addressing poor early response and to evaluate effect of treatment in those adolescents who do not show an early response to FBT.

If you or someone you know are interested in the study and/or would like to hear more about it please email Alexa L’Insalata at familytreatment@stanford.edu or call 650-723-9182.

The Interactions Between Clinical and Neurocognitve Symptoms in Adolescents With Eating Disorders

Stanford University’s Eating Disorder Program is recruiting females between the ages of 12 to 18 with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa Restricting subtype (AN-R) who either are currently underweight or have been underweight in the last 3 months to participate in a study looking at the interactions between clinical and neurocognitve symptoms in adolescents with eating disorders. The study is a one time visit (at 401 Quarry Road Stanford, CA 94305), in which the participant will play a few computer games (3 total), complete a vocabulary task, complete a pattern matching task, and answer an online questionnaire (will be completed at home prior to coming in) that in total will take about 2 hours and each participant gets $50 for participating.

If you fit the criteria for this study and are interested in being in a paid research study, please reach out! To inquire further please email Alexa L’Insalata at alinsalata@stanford.edu or call 650-723-9182.

Listen to what Janice Bremis and Celine Wang have to say about the “Everybody’s Beautiful” writing contest and Celine’s experience battling an eating disorder.

EDRC does not give medical advice and is not a health care provider.  Information on our site is not meant as a replacement for proper care and treatment from a physician, therapist, dietitian or specialized practitioner.  Information found on our therapist, dietician, treatment center, and doctor pages is provided by the practitioner. EDRC does its best to ensure listing accuracy, however we cannot guarantee all information is current so please reach out directly to practitioners for most current information. Always consult with a physician and a qualified mental health professional regarding eating disorder symptoms and treatment.