Nov. 14, 2012 -- With our "Nightline" report on EDNOS, or "eating disorder not otherwise specified," a term used for eating disorder sufferers who don't meet the criteria for anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, we wanted to offer a few resources to help those suffering from EDNOS or other eating disorders find information, treatment and support.
Resources For EDNOS:
The Renfrew Center Foundation: The nation's first residential eating disorder facility, the Renfrew Center has helped more than 60,000 women suffering from eating disorders and other behavioral issues, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and EDNOS. They have 11 locations in nine states.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD): A national organization that provides education and support groups for people whose lives have been touched by eating disorders -- especially anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
Resources for All Eating Disorders, Including Anorexia, Bulimia:
Change The Message: Ali, one of the patients "Nightline" profiled, is now working with the Change the Message Campaign as a result of her eating disorder. It is a local campaign started by two practitioners who focus on changing the way women and young girls talk about their bodies and think about themselves.
For more information, visit their website: http://changethemessage.com/
National Eating Disorders Association: A national organization that serves those who are battling eating disorders. NEDA also provides support for the families and loved ones whose lives have been touched by the disorders.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness: A non-profit organization that works to prevent eating disorders and promote a positive body image among men and women. The Alliance offers educational presentations and mentoring services.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Medline Plus: Provides medical information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating, including causes, symptoms and treatment options for the disorders.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
WomensHealth.gov: Provides information about body image, eating disorders, over-exercising and compulsive eating for adult women and their daughters.
For more information, visit their website: http://womenshealth.gov/
Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment (FEAST): Eating disorders don't only affect the individuals who suffer from it; often the disease takes a toll on family members as well. FEAST is an international organization that was created for family members who want to help their loved ones recover from eating disorders.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.feast-ed.org/