Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders 
F.E.A.S.T. Member Newsletter - January, 2013
In This Issue
"There's No Place Like Home" Report on F.E.A.S.T.'s 2nd Annual US Symposium 2012
A Seat at the Table: Understanding and Helping Siblings of Eating Disorder Patients
Eating Disorders are Treatable:...The 10% Mortality Rate is Unacceptable!
Register Now!..."At Home with Eating Disorders"...Brisbane, Australia
UK Task Force News
Canadian Task Force News
Australian Task Force News
F.E.A.S.T. Publishes its First Family Guide on the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders
From the Executive Director's Desk
2012 Year in Review
Upcoming Events
F.E.A.S.T. Advisor News
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"Leaving tomorrow afternoon {for the F.E.A.S.T. U.S. conference} with 2 amazing Canadian mums. Have to pack tomorrow. Spent the evening getting my d sorted (buying snacks for her lunches and leaving instructions for friends she will be staying with). Basically there are no instructions other than make sure she doesn't go too long between meals. Everyone knows the drill (the kid included) and she is firmly on board. I am leaving feeling pretty "light" ....a far cry from last year. I gotta tell you, the thought of meeting some of my life line through this journey chokes me up a little. I may cry.....just warning you."  F.E.A.S.T. Parent
"There's No Place Like Home"
Report on F.E.A.S.T.'s 2nd Annual US Symposium
2012 Alexandria, VA
No Place Like Home
F.E.A.S.T.'s 2nd Annual Symposium "No Place Like Home" turned out to be a fantastic event after months of hard work and behind the scenes planning. More than 100 family members, clinicians and recovered patients came together to share information, sit down to meals, and meet virtual friends face-to-face. As one parent remarked: 
"I go to a lot of health professional conferences and I have never attended anything like the Alexandria conference. Uniting parents and clinicians-everyone had an equal voice and listened to each other. It was surreal to me-no hierarchy of knowledge. Everyone learning from each other. Loved it-so grateful I could be there" 
The talks provided a wide range of information such as how to recognize and take advantage of evidence-based treatment options, the importance of full nutrition in recovery, the history of the eating disorder treatment field and how it has and is changing, insight from fathers on parenting a child with an eating disorder, working with the media to become an effective advocate, and navigating the complicated world of health insurance. 
The keynote speaker, Jeff Bell, shared his story as an advocate for improving awareness and treatment for OCD, and how eating disorders and OCD are related diagnoses with similar treatment strategies. Jeff also shared his professional perspective on how to work with the media to improve coverage of mental health issues.  
Craig Johnson, Carolyn Costin, and Carrie Arnold also touched on the issue of advocacy and the media during their presentations. Common themes were:
1) to develop talking points and know what you want to say regardless of what an interviewer asks, 
2) Tell writers and editors about good coverage and suggest ideas for stories, 
3) Set your own standards and stick to them - do not participate in efforts that sensationalize the disease and,
4) have contacts in place and be ready with information when the issue comes up in the news cycle. 
F.E.A.S.T. volunteers worked hard to turn the Learning Room into a home away from home for conference attendees. Decorated with personal photographs, items, and artistically decorated representations of F.E.A.S.T. family members, the room was overflowing with a sense of love, compassion, and hope. 
A new addition to this year's symposium was a film festival which highlighted the best of a growing number of short videos designed to help teach parents skills for parenting their child through eating disorder treatment. Film winners can be viewed on the F.E.A.S.T. YouTube channel. 
Many parents spoke about how valuable it was for them to have a chance to chat with experienced clinicians, especially between talks and at meals. Some clinicians also remarked on how helpful it was to talk to parents and learn more about how families want to be included in treatment decisions and can provide valuable insights as experts on their own children. As one parent put it:  
"What I think is incredible, and revealing about the real importance of FEAST today, is that these leading lights in the field CAME TO US -- just a bunch of parents -- to share their knowledge and wisdom. And they paid their own way to do it! How cool is that!" 
The biggest response from parents was how valuable the symposium was to them as a chance to meet each other and be supported: 
"We were at the conference and for the first time in a year and a half after D's diagnosis of AN, I had the opportunity to talk with other parents face to face. (I haven't been active on the forum but will be changing that!). I was amazed how kind everyone was, so many people reached out to me and my husband...- it was overwhelming but so validating to be with others who understand and don't think I'm crazy, overprotective, overreacting..." 
Another parent commented:
"I also want to say that the opportunity to talk with other parents was much needed. When I look back at our daughter's 3 week in-patient stay last year, I can't believe that the hospital never attempts to get parents together or helps form any sort of support network. Thanks to Laura for scheduling sit-down meals designed to give us time to get to know each other." 
The symposium concluded with a bouquet of flowers and a giant THANK YOU card for Laura Collins, F.E.A.S.T.'s Founder and first Executive Director, who is moving on to a new role as Policy Director for F.E.A.S.T.. Laura passed on her "golden fork" to Leah Dean, F.E.A.S.T.'s new Executive Director. Leah was also awarded the F.E.A.S.T. 'Magic Plate Award" for excellence in ED advocacy work for F.E.A.S.T. 
Probably the most amazing thing about the F.E.A.S.T. Symposium was that it was pulled off entirely by volunteers with no corporate sponsorship. F.E.A.S.T. has an amazingly smart, dedicated and talented membership who know how to make things happen! As one parent remarked: 
"... I couldn't believe how many people volunteered to make it possible. I think lots of us new folks are going to have to be the volunteers to make a conference happen next year! Who's with me?" 
Good question! If you are interested in volunteering or have ideas for a future conference, please let us know!  



"For those of you who think this hell will never be over, it can and does get better. Recovery isn't a dream. It is possible. Keep feeding, stay strong and never give up hope."

F.E.A.S.T. parent

A Seat at the Table:

 Understanding and Helping the

Siblings of Eating Disorder Patients


By Sarah K. Ravin, Ph.D.


Eating disorders affect the entire family, but siblings are often overlooked in our conversations about family-based care. An eating disorder can impact the patient's siblings from various angles:


* Through their parents. Siblings often receive less attention when parents are consumed with caring for the ill child. Parents often feel worried, stressed, and irritable, and these emotions spill over into their relationships with their other children.


* By impacting family life. Family meals with an eating disordered person can be tense or explosive, so siblings may dread family meals or avoid them altogether. Family trips may be cancelled or ruined. The financial burden of ED treatment impacts siblings as well.


* Through their social environment. Parents may not be available to drive siblings to their activities when they are spending long hours preparing and supervising meals and driving the ill sibling to appointments. Siblings may feel embarrassed to invite friends over when their ill brother is acting particularly bizarre. Siblings may have to deal with gossip from neighbors. They may feel conflicted about telling their friends about their family's situation, and they have to deal with the stigma of mental illness at a very young age.


* Through the change in eating habits. Parents are encouraged to serve their anorexic children high-calorie foods to restore their weight. Sometimes siblings over-indulge in these foods and gain unneeded weight.


* Through their genes. Biological siblings of eating disorder patients are 10 times more likely to develop an eating disorder compared to the general population. Additionally, siblings of eating disorder patients may inherit genes that predispose them to other psychiatric illnesses.


Brothers and sisters may experience a variety of emotions while their sibling is ill. They may worry that he will get sicker or die. They may grieve for the loss of their sibling's true personality, and they may miss her terribly if she is away from home for treatment. They may worry about their own risk for developing an eating disorder. They may feel angry at their sibling for making mealtimes miserable, or jealous because of all of the attention he is getting. Siblings may react by withdrawing, having difficulty at school, or acting out. Very young siblings may manifest their distress through physical symptoms.


It may not be possible for parents to shield siblings completely from the impact of the eating disorder. However, there are some steps that parents can take to minimize the damage and help siblings cope:


* Immediately upon diagnosis, provide siblings with age-appropriate information on their sibling's diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment. Explain that the disorder is biologically-based and that the child did not chose to have it. I have a sibling reading list, as well as a list of Q & A for siblings of AN patients. 


* Be frank with siblings about the seriousness of the eating disorder. Honesty helps siblings understand why it is so important that the family intervenes immediately and aggressively, and why other activities have to take a back seat for now.


* Be honest with siblings about the reality of dealing with the eating disorder. Acknowledge that, for a period of time, family life will change and you may not be able to spend as much time with them.


* Bring siblings to some Family-Based Treatment (FBT) sessions so that the therapist can explain the illness to them, answer their questions, and help them learn to support their ill sister or brother.

* Make a point of scheduling one-on-one time with each sibling and talking with them about their lives apart from the eating disorder.


* Talk with siblings about their feelings and reactions to the eating disorder. Let them know that it is totally normal and understandable to feel worried, angry, jealous, resentful, or sad in this situation.


* Ensure that siblings remain in a support role, rather than taking on a parent's role. Siblings can help their ill sister by providing her with distraction before, during, and after meals, by being good listeners and providing empathy, and by engaging her in normal sibling activities. Siblings can help by taking over kitchen chores that the eating disordered person is not well enough to do. Do not involve siblings in the actual process of re-feeding or supervising meals, as this can put them in a delicate position of being torn between "loyalty" to their ill brother and the responsibility of reporting ED behaviors to their parents.


An eating disorder can also impact siblings in a positive way. For example, they may grow closer to their ill brother and value him more after almost losing him. They may feel needed and important in the treatment process. Siblings may become more aware of EDs and other psychiatric illnesses in their friends and try to intervene whenever they see concerning behaviors. They may have improved body image after witnessing the disturbing body image distress of their ill sibling. Often, siblings benefit from having more frequent family meals and structured eating habits. They may grow and mature from the experience, developing more autonomy when parents' focus is elsewhere. Finally, siblings benefit from strengthened parental unity. If a sibling develops an eating disorder or another illness in the future, their parents tend to intervene immediately and are much more equipped to deal with it.


Dr. Sarah Ravin is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Florida, and F.E.A.S.T. Clinical Advisor. She works primarily with adolescents and young adults who are struggling with eating disorders, body image issues, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and self-injury. She may be contacted through her website.



"I can trace my D{aughter}'s relapses and staying ill directly to her not getting accurately and fully weight restored. And maintained long term. When she was 22 and I began refeeding with an FBT, I was determined that we would get her accurately and fully weight restored and maintained. That's what we did and she's been in full remission for almost 3 years"  F.E.A.S.T. Parent

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Eating Disorders are Treatable: 

The 10% Mortality Rate is Unacceptable!


On the day before its 2nd Annual Symposium in Alexandria, VA, F.E.A.S.T.  joined with the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) for a Congressional Briefing to garner support for the FREED act among members of congress. The briefing, coordinated by Senator Tom Harkin's office, brought together research, treatment, and family member perspectives, drawing the audience to consider the high death rate of eating disorders and what needs to be done to improve treatment and access to effective care for those who suffer from these brain disorders.  After Sara Singleton of Senator Harkin's office welcomed the near standing-room-only crowd, Jeanine Cogan, Policy Director of the Eating Disorders Coalition introduced the panel of research and medical professionals and family members.

The first speaker was Dr. Mark Chavez from the NIMH, who discussed mortality statistics for eating disorders. He explained how these statistics are generated, and told those gathered that chance of dying, compared to the general population, is 5.7% higher for Anorexia Nervosa, 1.93% higher for Bulimia Nervosa and 1.52% higher for Binge Eating Disorder. He also pointed out that suicide rates are astonishingly high for Anorexia Nervosa-31 times greater than for the general public. The suicide rate for Bulimia Nervosa sufferers is 7.5 times higher than for the general public. Dr. Chavez emphasized that these statistics show the death risk from eating disorders to be much higher than for any other psychiatric disorder, and that much work must be done in identification, treatment, and research in order to bring these rates down.

The next speaker was Amy Snyder, the mother of a seven year old daughter who was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Mrs. Snyder focused on the pediatrician's lack of concern over her daughter's low weight, despite the fact that her daughter had told her mother that she was hungry all the time but couldn't eat. She drew a connection between Anorexia Nervosa and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, explaining that her daughter has a "mean voice" that tells her not to eat. She called for better support for families as they treat their children at home, as well as the need for pediatric practices to each have at least one physician who is up-to-date on eating disorders identification and treatment.

Pediatrician Dr. Julie O'Toole discussed the critical need for early intervention for eating disorders as a way to save lives. She stressed the heritable nature of anorexia nervosa as a brain disorder that is caused neither by parenting, nor by the will or desire of the children who suffer from it, nor the media or popular culture. Dr. O'Toole discussed the devastating impact of starvation on the developing brain during childhood and adolescence, and that her practice treats children as young as six years of age. She emphasized the expertise of parents: "Teaching pediatricians not to brush off the concerns of parents is ... critical. It sounds simple, but it needs a concerted educational effort."

The next two speakers were the mother and brother of Erin Riederer, who was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at age 11 and died of the disease at the age of 28.

Erin's mother, Joan Riederer, spoke of the impossibility of getting appropriate care despite the family's sacrifices and willingness to take Erin wherever necessary for treatment. She discussed the difficulties of getting treatment for an adult child, and the complex laws of guardianship that vary state by state, making it impossible for them to prevent their daughter from being committed to a psychiatric ward where there was no treatment for her anorexia. She also discussed the terrible toll, financial and emotional, that the disease had on the Riederer family. And, despite their efforts, the tragic result was Erin's years of suffering and, finally, early death.

Erin's brother, Justin Riederer, described his sister's "intelligence, her goofy sense of humor, and how much she could love life," as he spoke of a childhood overshadowed by his sister's severe illness, an experience which has shaped his life and career interest in neurobiology and medicine. He spoke of his love for his sister, the impact of eating disorders on families, and his desire to see effective treatment available to all sufferers.

Laura Collins, Executive Director of F.E.A.S.T., spoke about the powerful role families can play in effective treatment, and shared her vision that this will be the last generation to be told their child has a one in ten chance of dying from their eating disorder.  Jeanine Cogan, Policy Director of the EDC closed the briefing with her remarks on how Congress can address the problems that lead to ineffective care and the unacceptably high death rate for eating disorders by supporting the FREED Act.

After the briefing, groups of F.E.A.S.T. and EDC members gathered for an afternoon of lobbying. Groups of 5-7 were organized geographically and had set schedules of appointments to meet with congressional staffers to share their stories with the purpose of gaining support for the FREED Act. The FREED Act is a bill designed to address national gaps in eating disorders treatment and research. In terms of treatment, the FREED Act provides funding to produce Centers of Excellence to bring together research and treatment, to improve training of those who treat and who can identify eating disorders, as well as provisions to require insurance companies to pay for eating disorders treatment, just as they cover other illnesses. For further information, see EDC's web page .
Participants in the lobbying activity reported that congressional staffers were interested in the FREED Act, with some even sharing their own personal experiences with friends and family who suffer from eating disorders. Participants left with a feeling of empowerment to return to their own states to further work for change on a local level. 

A full transcript  of the briefing is available here  and a link to the video of the briefing can be found on the F.E.A.S.T. website.

New on the F.E.A.S.T. Website

Film Clip Festival Winners, Alexandria Conference


Information on Navigating the Canadian Health Care System


F.E.A.S.T. Family Guide, "Puzzling Symptoms, Eating Disorders and the Brain"


New Patient Letter: "Dear Parents/caregivers," from nomorean01 (January 2013)


2012 Nottingham Conference Videos


"Ten Percent is Unacceptable" Video and Transcript from the Congressional Briefing



Register Now!  

"At Home with Eating Disorders"

Brisbane, Australia


F.E.A.S.T.  in collaboration with the Butterfly Foundation, the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, and the Eating Disorder Outreach Service is excited to announce their first annual conference in Brisbane, Australia on May 23-25, 2013. 
The  conference will provide information for families and carers of individuals with eating disorders, as well as opportunities for networking. 



Keynote speakers include Drs. Le Grange, Treasure and Bulik.  If you'd like to learn more about current treatments and what you can do for your child or loved one with an eating disorder and your family, please consider  attending.  For more information and registration go to www.feast-ed.org.

 UK Task Force News


Despite recession, bad weather, some very serious family issues facing members, and the ongoing struggle of dealing with eating disorders, the members of F.E.A.S.T.'s UK Task Force have been actively campaigning throughout the country.


In Wales, Helen Missen has gathered together three F.E.A.S.T. mothers to gather evidence-based research to back up her petition to the Welsh Government on treatment for adolescents and met the All Wales ED Task force group in December and was part of the quarterly meeting.


In Scotland, Mel Stevenson has also been involved in high level meetings. She spoke to the Scottish North East Managed Clinical Network (MCN) and has now been invited to address a carers' support day in Edinburgh, the theme of which will be Recovery and Maintenance. Her themes will be 'There is always hope' and 'The worst thing you can do as parents/carers is to take a stance of helplessness' and she will be reassuring everyone that this is not an illness of choice, presenting anorexia nervosa as a brain disorder, and talking about the 'food is medicine' approach, as well as addressing the importance of regular and sustained nutrition for any eating disorder. She has also been invited to spread the message of hope to the parents and carers of the new eating disorder unit in Aberdeen. 


Gabrielle Matthewman and others have been asked by Professor Janet Treasure, OBE, to collaborate on a program related to transitional care for older adolescents making the move from their final secondary education to University education on an individual basis, and via BEAT. Also in collaboration with BEAT some F.E.A.S.T. UK Task Force members are working on guidelines to deal with "treatment resistant anorexia" to include the question of palliative care. This is a very emotive subject, but one where the input of parents and carers is vital and, fortunately, welcomed by the lead psychiatrist.


Inspired by working on the Congressional Briefing, Gabrielle  has taken up campaigning via social media and face-to-face. She was able to meet with the Secretary of State for Health, The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt to discuss eating disorders.  Specifically, Mr. Hunt is interested in understanding more about the high mortality rate of eating disorders and he was intrigued to learn more details about the Congressional Briefing "10% is Unacceptable."  Therefore, he has proposed another MP within his department, Mr. Norman Lamb, meet to begin discussions on what can be done to tackle some of the existing challenges concerning eating disorder treatment in the UK. She has also tackled more local staff and is looking into putting together a training programme for social service workers. 
It is tempting to become weary and disheartened at the lack of change. A recent petition to the government for more resources for eating disorders appears not to be attracting much attention. However, as Gabrielle says "every post, every communication helps spread the word and like neuronal plasticity, the branches of ED advocacy and our connections globally are strengthening day by day.  I think we are coming close to a tipping point which is welcome news."


Canadian Task Force News 


Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Canada is Feb. 3-9 this year.

Some of our Canadian Task Force members will be speaking at various events to share stories of family recovery, to provide F.E.A.S.T. written and web-based materials and to promote F.E.A.S.T.'s parent support forum,  www.aroundthedinnertable.org, as a 24/7 resource for caregivers.


Laura B., Lisa L. & Christine met with Dr. Debra Katzman and Dr Leora Pinhaus of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto recently to brainstorm ideas to raise national awareness of F.E.A.S.T. in eating disorder centres and support groups. Treatment wait times and out of country treatment were also discussed in the context of how families can begin to be educated and supported by F.E.A.S.T.'s Canadian Task Force and F.E.A.S.T. resources before entering treatment.


F.E.A.S.T.'s Canadian Task Force  members will be meeting with local provincial and federal Members of Parliament next month to bring attention to treatment wait times and the lack of primary care provider knowledge of eating disorders.


If you would like to join the Canadian Task Force  or can provide treatment information in your province or territory, please email one of the three chairs listed on the F.E.A.S.T. Local Support, Canada page.

  Australian Task Force News


The main role of the Australian Task Force continues to be conference planning. The Task Force was very fortunate to have received a $25,000 grant towards the conference from the Bryan Foundation. Part of the money will be used towards conference cost - so the Task Force is able to reduce registration fees significantly. The remainder of the money will be used to offer grants of $100 to help families with travel and accommodation costs. Visit the conference website for more information.


F.E.A.S.T Board and Australian Task Force member, June Alexander, has been busy writing books. Her most recent book, Ed Says U Said, Eating Disorder Translator, provides the lowdown on this grossly misunderstood illness. Alexander and her co-author Cate Sangster share their eating disorder experiences, together with those of many fellow survivors of eating disorders, their partners and carers, to expose Ed's nasty, bullying ways. 



F.E.A.S.T. Publishes 
Family Guide


F.E.A.S.T. is proud to announce it's first Family Guide, "Puzzling Symptoms: Eating Disorders and the Brain, A Family Guide to the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders." This guide was a produced as a collaborative effort between F.E.A.S.T., and the Eating Disorder treatment community. A small printing of the Puzzling Symptoms Guide was distributed at the 2nd Annual F.E.A.S.T. Conference in Alexandria, VA. 

Electronic PDF versions of the Puzzling Symptoms Guide are available on the F.E.A.S.T. website, in both booklet and letter format. Editors and contributors include Dr. Walter Kaye, Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, Mary Beth Krohel, Dr. Kelly Klump, Dr. Richard Kreipe, Dr. Sloane Madden, Dr. James Mitchell and Dr. Janet Treasure.




Dear F.E.A.S.T. Member:
Thank you! You are receiving this newsletter because you are one of our 2319 members: families, clinicians, patients, and organizations from 41countries. We depend on you and appreciate your continuing support and interest in F.E.A.S.T. 
From the Executive Director's Desk
Leah Dean, F.E.A.S.T
January 1st, 2013 is one New Year's Day that I will not soon forget. Four months ago, I could not have imagined that I would be writing the "From the Executive Director's Desk" report for F.E.A.S.T.'s first newsletter of 2013, but here I am.  
For those who don't know me, I have been a F.E.A.S.T. member and active behind-the-scenes volunteer for the past three years. I have a Master's Degree in Architecture, but am not currently working in that field except for the odd bathroom remodel or drafting job. 
I discovered F.E.A.S.T. in 2009 after reading Eating with Your Anorexic by Laura Collins. Little did I know that I would eventually be working with Laura and stepping up to continue her work. What Laura has achieved in the Eating Disorder advocacy world is truly amazing and I am thrilled to have her continue working alongside me as F.E.A.S.T's Policy Director. 
Laura's work through F.E.A.S.T. has started a conversation among parents, clinician, researchers, and even patients which I hope will precipitate a necessary shift in how people think about EDs and ED treatment. I have seen this "shift" happen for hundreds of parents on the forum as they learn to see themselves as a necessary part of the solution and the lack of consensus and scarcity of evidence-based treatments in the ED field as problems and barriers to recovery.
Since I have been involved with F.E.A.S.T., I have seen how good information and compassionate support can empower families and give patients a fighting chance against a disease that has for too long been considered a poor lifestyle choice and a chronic condition to be managed, not cured.


But things are changing. Over the last three years, I have seen the research on EDs as biological brain disorders begin to make its way out of the research labs and into the treatment world and even into the media. I have seen ED professionals speak up in support of the surprisingly controversial ideas of full nutrition, weight restoration to individual growth curves, and the need to support parents as part of the treatment solution, not blame them as part of the problem. I have seen families whose children are now recovered and whose relationships have been strengthened by treatment strategies that support parents supporting their children.


As F.E.A.S.T.'s new Executive Director, I believe I have a good sense for F.E.A.S.T.'s mission, organizational needs, information technology and administrative needs, and the goals we want to focus on going forward. I think F.E.A.S.T. needs to continue to ask the hard questions and educate parents. F.E.A.S.T. has an amazingly smart and talented membership of people who really want to be able to do something - anything - that will help the next family avoid the mistakes and pitfalls they have encountered.


There is still a lot to do, but by bringing caregivers together, 

F.E.A.S.T. has begun to harness the energy and dedication of its members in a way I believe can work to make real progress in how EDs are understood and treated now and in the future.


The strength of the virtual community that has formed through the Around the Dinner Table forum is astounding, and to see members of that community meet face to face at F.E.A.S.T.'s 2012 and 2013 Conferences in Alexandria, VA was like nothing I've ever experienced before. As F.E.A.S.T.'s new Executive Director, I hope to keep that momentum going and extend F.E.A.S.T.'s message to a broader community by supporting parents who are coming together on the ground and working to educate and eliminate stigma in their local communities.


My immediate goals for F.E.A.S.T. include finding administrative support, improving our membership database and website, creating more volunteer opportunities for our members, and supporting new initiatives such as the new F.E.A.S.T. Family Guide Series of booklets. I also look forward to representing F.E.A.S.T. at UCSD's Conference in February and the AED's International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) in May.

I wish all of our members an exciting New Year full of hope, happiness, and health.


2012 Year
in Review:
Calendar Pages
We are proud to report that 2012 has been a very productive year for F.E.A.S.T.!




Laura Collins, 

Founder, Executive Director

Sandy Skalski, 

Retiring Board Member

Carolin Gray, 

Retiring Board Member

Jenni Schaefer,

Retiring Clinical Advisor

Fiona Bromelow, 

Retiring as Board Secretary




A successful Executive Director Search, F.E.A.S.T. Search Committee


Publishing of the 1st F.E.A.S.T. Family Guide, "Puzzling Symptoms, Eating Disorders and the Brain", Family Guide Task Force, M.B. Krohel, Chair


A Successful 1st Caregivers Conference in Nottingham, England, A collaborative effort between ECHO, Maudsley Carers, and the F.E.A.S.T. UK Task Force


"Ten Percent is Uncceptable" 

A successful US Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC, organized by the EDC and F.E.A.S.T., with special thanks to Senator Harkin's office


"There's No Place Like Home" - A successful 2nd caregivers conference in Alexandria, VA, US, organized by members of the F.E.A.S.T. Conference Committee


Formation of the New F.E.A.S.T. Canadian Task Force





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1) Accountants - share your expert knowledge of best accounting practices for non-profits.


2) Are you on Facebook or Twitter regularly? Join the new F.E.A.S.T. Social Media Team.


3) Add to F.E.A.S.T.'s resources. Have you written any presentations, educational materials or letters regarding your child's eating disorder to schools, friends, clinicians, or family? F.E.A.S.T. would like to see what our members have done as a basis for developing new outreach materials.


Upcoming Events


UCSD Eating Disorder Conference

February 22-23, 2013
San Diego, CA USA


Binge Eating Disorders National Conference

March 8-19, 2013

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Bethesda, Maryland, USA


Mulit-service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) National Conference 

April 5-6, 2013

Needham, Massachusetts, USA 


International Conference on Eating Disorders 

F.E.A.S.T. Advisor News


Dr. Cynthia Bulik
announces the PAS Project- "Promoviendo una Alimentación Saludable" (Promoting Healthy Eating Patterns), led by Dr. Mae Lynn Reyes-Rodríguez.  This research study is designed to provide culturally sensitive treatment to Latinas with eating disorders in North Carolina. For more information please call 919-966-7358. 
Para mayor información pueden comunicarse al 919-966-7358 o en la página electrónica del proyecto en PAS project


Dr. Joy Jacobs
writes a blog dedicated to Family-Based Treatment on the Psychology Today and Gurze Books websites   If you have particular topics or areas of interest that you would like to see addressed, please contact Dr. Jacobs at joy@drjoyjacobs.com and include the specific topics that are of particular interest to you.



Susan Ringwood reports B-eat is getting geared up for Awareness Week in the UK- Feb 11-17th.  They are going to 'Sock it to Eating Disorders' check out their website for details on how to take part.

Dr.Janet Treasure,

Director, Eating Disorder Unit of the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust, was honored to receive an OBE for her dedication and service to the field of eating disorders.



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