top of page

Resources & Support
for Parents

If you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder, help is available. 

Educational Resources for Parents

Eating disorders are not simply attempts to lose weight; they are serious, potentially life-threatening mental health conditions. They can affect people of all genders, ages, races, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. Learn more about the common types of eating disorders here.

Eating disorders may present differently for everyone, but here are some of the more common warning signs parents may notice in children with eating disorders.

There are a lot of myths out there about eating disorders which can create barriers to treatment for many who are suffering. We've curated a document with some of the important truths are this serious mental illness. 

10 Things Parents Can Do & Be To Teach Body Positivity

Research has shown that children and youth who DIET are much more likely to develop eating disorders; and the earlier the diet begins, the more likely that a significant eating disorder could occur. Body positivity begins at home: here are some suggestions for parents to help children develop positive body image. Download our guide now.

National Eating Disorder Support Resources

Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (FEAST) is an international support, education and advocacy organization for parents and caregivers.

A free peer support community with groups, mentorship program, and treatment referrals available to anyone struggling with an eating disorder and their families. Helpline: 1-888-375-7767

A national nonprofit organization providing referrals, education, and support for individuals experiencing eating disorders and their loved ones. Helpline: 1-866-662-1235.

A nonprofit organization offering programs in the following areas: meal support; clinical assessment; insurance navigation, and cash assistance.

A nonprofit organization offering clinical and educational services to individuals, families, and professionals.

Local Eating Disorder Support Resources

A group practice of licensed therapists and registered dietitians who are passionate about providing care for those suffering with eating disorders.

Their eating disorder treatment in Marne, Michigan, 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, is dedicated to helping individuals heal and recover from disordered eating.

Toledo Center offers residential treatment to males and females who are suffering from eating disorders.

The Michigan Medicine Comprehensive Eating Disorders program offers multiple levels of treatment to best meet the needs of each individual patient. They also coordinate and provide referrals to families in need of other services such as residential treatment or outpatient treatment in the community.

Mental and behavioral health inpatient psychiatric treatment facility.

Eating Disorder Education & Advocacy

The EDC advances the recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority throughout the United States.

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) helps physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, academic researchers, students and experts through lived experience connect and collaborate with each other and keep abreast of recent developments in eating disorders research.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. 

bottom of page