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Eating Disorders

Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder. Luckily, full recovery is possible.

If you are at imminent risk for self-harm please go to the Madison Memorial Emergency Room. For individuals who are at risk for harming themselves or are having a similar significant crisis, please text or call 988 to access the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.


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"Eating disorders involve serious disturbances in eating behaviors, such as extreme and unhealthy reduction of food intake or severe overeating, as well as feelings of extreme concern about body shape or weight. Eating disorders do not discriminate between ages, genders, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, body shape and size, races, and ethnicities. Eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and PICA.

Eating Disorders are complex biopsychosocial illnesses that have serious emotional and physical consequences. While 60% of the contributing factors stem from a genetic component, genes alone do not predict who will develop an eating disorder. ...Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important."

Additional Resources

The following resources are not created, maintained, or controlled by BYU-Idaho and are intended to serve as an educational resource. BYU-Idaho does not endorse any content that is not in keeping with university policy or doctrines and teaching of the Church.
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
Discover news and resources created for those struggling with eating disorders.

Info on Eating Disorders
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
A non-profit organization providing free services to those with eating disorders.

Anorexia and Associated Disorders
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
Find help, strength, and education for dealing with and learning about eating disorders.

Eating Disorder Awareness
Project Heal
A non-profit dedicated to helping those with eating disorders who haven't had access to treatment before.

Project Heal
Jenni Schaefer
Jenni uses her own experiences to support those facing eating disorders.

Read Jenni's Blog
Helpful Podcasts
-Nutrition Matters Hosted by Paige Smathers
-Love, Food by Julie Duffy Dillon
-Food Psych by Christy Harrison
-Nutrition Redefined By Stephanie Webb