If you, or someone you care about, is in immediate danger of harming themselves, please call emergency services (911)

If you are in distress, please contact: Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642

National Eating Disorder Information Center (NEDIC) also has a helpline open until 9 pm EST:  Toll FREE   1-866-633-4220

EDSNA has compiled many resources for anyone looking to support someone they care about.

We are also in the process of including resources for those seeking support for themselves – we will be updating the website in the near future with this information.

Please choose an option below to access more detailed information for the group you are interested in:

Alternately, if you are interested in acquiring more general information, please feel free to peruse the tabs below.

Should you have any other resources that you feel should be included, please let us know.

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre
(NEDIC) is a Canadian non-profit organization founded in 1985 to provide information and resources on eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation.  One of their main goals is to inform the public about eating disorders and related issues.

The National Eating Disorders Association
(NEDA) is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

National Initiative for Eating Disorders, CanadaAs a not-for-profit coalition of health care professionals, counsellors and parents with children suffering from Eating Disorders, NIED’s team aims to help bring about positive change in both the availability and quality of treatment of Eating Disorders in Canada.NIED is leading the work to develop a national strategy for eating disorders in Canada, regularly hosts free symposia and is the main advocacy group in Canada, working to make change at the political and policy level.

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
ANAD advocates for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors.

Anorexia and other eating disorders: How to help your child eat well and be well
Eva Musby uses her family’s story as the basis upon which to write a book that provides a practical guide for parents that brings to life the realities – good, bad, ugly, and beautiful – that are faced when helping a child recover from this terrible disorder.Her style is a mix of matter-of-fact statements of what worked and what didn’t, and admission of the limits of her know-how. The result is a highly readable volume that offers practical solutions for parents to consider when helping their own child to recover for anorexia nervosa.  Quoted from: James Lock, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Eating Disorder Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Author of many books and scientific articles including ‘Help Your Teenager Beat and Eating Disorder’.

Beat is a national charity based in the UK. We provide information, help and support to people affected by eating disorders.
Beat is a charity registered in England and Wales and Scotland. Beat is the identity of the Eating Disorders Association, and became our working name in February 2007. Beat’s aims are to change the way everyone thinks and talks about eating disorders, to improve the way services and treatment are provided, and to help anyone believe that their eating disorder can be beaten.

Body Positive
Body Positive is a website dedicated to boosting body image at any weight. There is information about projects dedicated to promoting positive body images, as well as the Health At Every Size movement. Many educational resources can be downloaded.

Eating Disorder Hope
Eating Disorder Hope’s mission is to offer hope, information and resources to individual eating disorder sufferers, their family members and treatment providers. The organization began with the help and advice of colleagues, professors, and other organizations specializing in eating disorders. Eating Disorder Hope was founded in January, 2005.

F.E.A.S.T.(Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) is an international organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorder.

Jessie’s HopeJessie’s Hope is a non-profit organization which has been educating, supporting and advocating for services around the issue of eating disorders in the province of British Columbia since 1985.  Their new focus is on prevention of eating disorders and other weight disturbance issues.  Prevention resources can be downloaded.

The Looking Glass Foundation
“We are passionate and dedicated individuals who came together to create a community of support – because we too have been touched by the effects of eating disorders and know that together, we can get to the other side of eating disorders.” The Looking Glass Foundation provides numerous and varied forms of support to individuals who are dealing with eating disorders and their loved ones, two of which are: weekly facilitated online forum for those dealing with eating disorders as well as their friends and loved ones, summer camps for young individuals who are affected by eating disorders.

Maudsley Parents
The website is hosted by a volunteer organization of parents who have helped our children recover from anorexia and bulimia through the use of Family-Based Treatment, also known as the Maudsley approach, an evidence-based therapy for eating disorders.

Medline Plus
This portal contains information about ED, including links to overviews, news and information about prevention, screening, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and coping.

Mirror – Mirror
Today, our mission is to providing information, education, and support to the community, including people dealing with eating disorders themselves and loved ones that want to support friends or family members with eating disorders. We also want to help parents, educators, and other adults that work with children and adolescents to be more aware of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, so they can provide early intervention when needed.

Sheena’s Place
Sheena’s Place, located in downtown Toronto, is a center offering group support for individuals struggling with Eating Disorders, as well as support for family, friends, and partners who have a loved one struggling with an Eating Disorder. Sheena’s Place has been a great source for information however they have recently updated their webpage and much of their educational material is currently off line being revised but will be added again soon.

These resources are provided as information, and are intended for educational information only.
They are not meant to replace counselling or treatment services of a healthcare professional.

The following books were recommended by treatment professionals currently working in the field of eating disorders.
All the books are linked to Amazon, so that you can review the book and can purchase directly from the site if you wish, but many of these titles can be purchased from other sources as well. We have also created a list of recommended books available through Edmonton Public Library. Visit their site to see which titles they have on hand. These resources are provided as information, and are intended for educational information only. They are not meant to replace counselling services of a professional.

Funded and produced by EDSNA and Silver Linings Foundation, this video provides information for families on how to navigate the system and find help for a loved one. A PDF to accompany the video can be found here.
Dr. Hill examines anorexia, a biologically-based brain illness. Her approach is to treat food as medicine: pre-planned, pre-dosed, and prescribed. Dr. Hill draws parallels between diabetes and anorexia.
Supporting Youth with Bulimia Nervosa: Helpful approaches for families.
This video provides useful tips about meal planning, providing support during and after a meal, and other strategies to help families. Real families are interviewed and scenarios are presented to help everyone understand how to get through meals together.
Interview on NBC News about eating disorders: Chuck Scarbourgh with Johanna Kandel, author of ‘Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder.’

These resources are provided as information, and are intended for educational information only.
They are not meant to replace counselling services of a professional.