The National Eating Disorders Association actively speaks out against pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites. These sites provide no useful information on treatment but instead encourage and falsely support those who, sadly, are ill but do not seek help. These sites could have a severe negative impact on the health of those who consult them and encourage a “cult” type destructive support system that discourages people from the treatment they so desperately need. Anorexia Nervosa is a potentially lethal disease and has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Bulimia is also a very dangerous illness with serious long term health consequences. Eating disorders cannot be taken lightly.
Our emphasis is on steering people toward treatment and health. We offer educational materials for all ages, and a toll-free helpline (800-931-2237) with referrals to treatment professionals. Each February during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we support hundreds of events created by volunteers around the country. Our Annual Conference every autumn brings together treatment providers and families of those with eating disorders, informing and inspiring thousands of conference attendees with the latest knowledge and new personal connections.
A goal of the National Eating Disorders Association is to raise awareness of eating disorders as serious, life-threatening illnesses – which are treatable. Most of those who enter treatment recover. Please visit us at www.NationalEatingDisorders.org.