Family Friends and other Supporters

Prevention, treatment and recovery begin with information and an ever-increasing understanding of our relationships with eating, exercising and our bodies.
This resource list will provide you with general information and audience-specific information for women and girls, men and boys, family and friends, educators and coaches.
We have chosen these resources in accordance with our Vision and Mission, however inclusion is not necessarily an endorsement of all content by EDCI.

Family, Friends and Other Supporters

Caring Online  
Resources for the family members and friends of those who are dealing with an eating disorder.

Eating Disorders Coalition
Nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of federal awareness of eating disorders as a public healthy priority.

Joy Project
Non-profit that provides information, support, and resources for people affected by eating disorders at little to no cost.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
Nonprofit dedicated to the prevention & alleviation of eating disorders;  provides over 250 support groups, contact information for eating disorder resources, school guidelines for 4500 schools, and candlelight vigils around the country.  


National Eating Disorders Association
Nonprofit which supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care; established the Parents & Family Network (PFN) as a clearinghouse for up-to date information about treatment, resources, & advocacy

Love Your Body: Change the Way You Feel About the Body You Have
By Tami Brannon-Quan and Lisa Licavoli

Body Image Workbook: An 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks
By Thomas Cash

Self-Esteem Comes in All Sizes; How to Be Happy and Healthy at Your Natural Weight
By Carol Johnson and Gary Foster

When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: A Step by Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers
By Abigail Nateshon

Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming, Birth through Adolescence
By Ellyn Satter

Surviving an Eating Disorder: New Perspectives and Strategies for Family and Friends
By Michele Siegel, Judith Brisman, and Margot Weinshel

A Very Hungry Girl
By Jessica Weiner

​Children and Teens

Website written by students on bullying and weight prejudice among youth.

Girls Health.Gov
Developed by the Office on Women's Health in HHS to promote healthy, positive behaviors in girls between the ages of 10 and 16; offers reliable, useful information on the health issues girls face as they become young women as well as tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home.

Girls, Inc.
Dedicated to helping every girl become strong, smart and bold; educational programs and activities.

Girl Power
National public education campaign sponsored by HHS to encourage & motivate 9-14 year old girls to make the most of their lives by targeting health messages to their unique needs, interests, and challenges.

Girl Zone
Site targeted to teenage girls that addresses a range of issues, including body changes, self-esteem, peer pressure, physical activity, and diets in an informal and fun way. Girls can learn about the cons of dieting and eating disorders through journals written in teens’ own voices.

Salal Communications, Inc.
Resources developed by Sandra Friedman, therapist and educator, which address girls’ and women’s issues on size acceptance and eating disorders.

The Student Body
Canadian website which promotes "Health at Every Size" for kids.

Teen Health
Articles for teenagers on keeping fit and a healthy, body, mind and soul.

Shapesville (Step Chain)
By Andy Mills
Five friends of various shapes, sizes, colors, and talents honor what makes each of them unique. Teaches children (ages 3–8) about body image, diversity, and size-esteem.

Full Mouse, Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings
By Dina Zeckhausen
One mouse tries eating more food to soothe his distress, and the other stops eating altogether. Helps kids (ages 7–12) realize the importance of talking about feelings and finding comfort in healthy ways.

Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa

P.O. Box 71308, Clive, IA 50325

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