…is a volunteer run virtual community you must check out if you love someone who struggles with an eating disorder or body image issues.
As described on their website, F.E.A.S.T. “is an 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 disorders.”
FEAST relies on the following guiding principles to fulfill their mission of helping families, caregivers, communities and medical personnel to properly support people working to recover from eating disorders:
~ Eating disorders are biologically based mental illnesses and are fully treatable with a combination of nutritional, medical, and therapeutic supports.
~ Parents do not cause eating disorders, and patients do not choose eating disorders.
~ Parents and caregivers are a powerful tool for a loved one’s recovery from eating disorder.
~ Blaming and marginalizing parents in the eating disorder treatment process causes harm and suffering.
~ When available, patients should receive evidence-based treatment.
~ Families should be supported in seeking the most appropriate treatment in the least restrictive environment possible.
~ Food is medicine: all treatment should include urgent and ongoing nutritional rehabilitation.
~ When the family is supported, the patient is supported. Siblings and all family members are ~ affected by a family member’s illness, and deserve full attention to their needs.
~ Parents have unique abilities to offer other parents support, information, and the wisdom of experience.
If you or someone you know is living with or recovering from an eating disorder, check out F.E.A.S.T. today. Get the help and support you deserve.