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Eating Disorders

Annotated Lists of Organizations on Key Topics in Maternal and Child Health

This list of 9 organizations is drawn from the MCH Organizations online database. Contact information is the most recent known to the MCH Digital Library. To identify additional materials on this topic, search the Organizations database using our online search form.

The MCH Organizations Database lists government, professional, and voluntary organizations involved in maternal and child health activities, primarily at a national level. Information available to consumers is indicated where known.

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Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

Annotation: The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is a multidisciplinary professional organization that promotes excellence in research, treatment, and prevention of eating disorders, including anorexa nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Founded in 1993, AED provides education, training, and a forum for collaboration and dialogue. The academy sponsors conferences, produces a quarterly newsletter, assists in the development of professional guidelines, and identifies and rewards outstanding achievement in the field.

Keywords: Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia, Eating disorders, Health promotion, Preventive health services, Professional societies

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

Annotation: The Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics (AND) is the advocate of the dietetics profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well being. The association is involved in the credentialing of competent nutrition and dietetic professionals and provides continuing education for nearly 70,000 members. Key areas of interest include obesity and overweight (with a focus on children); healthy aging; nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics; Integrative medicine (including supplements and alternative medicine; and safe, sustainable, and nutritious food supply. Through its Knowledge Center, ADA provides current food and nutrition information for consumers, health professionals, and ADA members. Until 2012 it was known as the American Dietetic Association (ADA)

Keywords: Nutrition, Child nutrition, Consumer education, Dietetic technicians, Health promotion, Hotlines, Information sources, Maternal nutrition, Professional societies, Public health nutrition, Publications, Spanish language materials

Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy, and Action (EDC)

Annotation: The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy, and Action (EDC) works to advance federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority. EDC promotes federal support for improved access to care and additional resources for research, education, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders.

Keywords: Advocacy, Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia, Coalitions, Eating disorders

Harris Center ( )

Annotation: The Harris Center (formerly the Harvard Eating Disorders Center) advances the understanding, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders through research, education, and outreach. The center awards summer research fellowships, conducts and participates in training forums and symposia, and publishes an annual newsletter designed to keep the community and the public at large updated on HEDC's research, education, and advocacy programs. Recent statistics, clinical definitions, a list of medical complications, consumer information, and research findings are posted on the Web site.

Keywords: Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia, Eating disorders, Medical research

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

Annotation: The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) offers assistance to individuals suffering from bulimia and anorexia nervosa, as well as to their families. Services to consumers include publications, reference information, and referrals to self-help groups and to health professionals. The association also conducts research, publishes a newsletter and educational materials, and sponsors conferences and training seminars.

Keywords: Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia, Eating disorders, Information services, Support groups

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)

Annotation: The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is a nonprofit organization mandated by the Mental Health Programmes and Services division of the Ontario Ministry of Health to provide information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation. NEDIC promotes healthy lifestyles, including both healthy eating and appropriate, enjoyable exercise, and believes that dieting is intrinsically harmful to individuals. Services provided include a telephone support line, publications (including a bulletin and a newsletter), and assistance in the development of information materials. NEDIC also sponsors National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and the annual International No Diet Day on May 6.

Keywords: Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia, Eating disorders, Health promotion, Information services, Preventive health services

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Annotation: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a component of the National Institutes of Health, conducts and supports research that seeks to understand, treat, and prevent mental illness. The Institute's public inquiries line is staffed with information specialists who respond to requests from the lay public, clinicians, and the scientific community with a variety of publications. These include printed materials on such subjects as basic behavioral research, neuroscience of mental health, rural mental health, children's mental disorders, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, autism, Alzheimer's disease, and panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia and other anxiety disorders. Information on NIMH-sponsored meetings, workshops, and symposia, and a list of NIMH publications, including several in Spanish, is available on the institute's Web site. The public can subscribe to the NIMH E-News listserv on the Web site for periodic updates on NIMH activities, programs, and publications.

Keywords: Mental health, Education, Health promotion, Listservs, Mental disorders

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Annotation: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the principal medical research arm of the federal government. Its programs focus on basic and applied research on the causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of human diseases and disabilities; the fundamental biological process of growth, development, and aging; and the biological effects of the environment. NIH conducts research in its own laboratories and supports research in universities, hospitals, and other institutions across the country; it also supports the training of career researchers, and promotes effective ways to communicate biomedical information to scientists, health practitioners, and the public. NIH is organized into 27 components, including 19 research institutes. It also encompasses the National Library of Medicine, the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, the John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences, and the National Center for Research Resources. Services to consumers include publications and reference information. Publications include a catalog and Almanac. Some materials are available in Spanish. An A-Z index of NIH health resources, clinical trials, health hotlines, MEDLINEplus, and drug information is posted on the NIH Web site. A data tool, RePORT, provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities.

Keywords: Medical research, Disabilities, Diseases, Nutrition, Public health

U.S. Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Annotation: The U.S. Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) leads federal efforts to promote the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. The center helps states improve and increase the quality and range of their treatment, rehabilitation, and support; make it easier for people to access mental health programs; encourage a range of programs such as systems of care to respond to the increasing number of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems among children; support outreach and case management programs for people who are homeless and the improvement of these services; and ensure that scientifically-established findings and practice-based knowledge are applied in preventing and treating mental disorders.

Keywords: Access to health care, Adolescents, Children, Federal programs, Mental disorders, Mental health programs, Mental health services, Prevention programs, Program improvement, Systems development, Trauma care

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.