Launched 501(c)3: 2002 by Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED and Ovidio Bermudez, MD
Headquarters: Nashville, TN • (615) 831-9838
Affiliations: National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
Member: Center for Nonprofit Management, NEDA Network
Awards: Center for Nonprofit Management – Salute to Excellence Award for Team Building – 2006
Things to Know about Eating Disorders:
- 30 million Americans suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their life. This number consists of 20 million women and 10 million men.
- Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
- Only 1 in 10 women and men with eating disorders receive proper treatment.
- Nearly half of all Americans know someone affected by an eating disorder.
- In the most basic form, eating disorders are defined by “any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits.”
- Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.
- Eating disorders are real, complex and devastating conditions that can have serious long-term health consequences when left untreated.
- Eating disorders are not a fad, phase or choice.
- All socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural groups are at risk of developing an eating disorder.
- Compared to other significant illnesses, there is very little national funding available for eating disorders.
- To effectively treat an eating disorder, the recommended treatment team consists of a Physician, Psychologist/Psychotherapist and Dietitian/Nutritionist.