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Launched 501(c)3: 2002 by Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED and Ovidio Bermudez, MD

Headquarters: 1101 17th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212 • (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.
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