National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2016 #NEDAwareness

Hello everyone!

February 21st - February 27th marks the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week hosted by NEDA. This important event brings information and education to the general public and community regarding eating disorders.

From the website:

The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness Week) is to put the spotlight on the seriousness of eating disorders and to improve public understanding of their causes, triggers and treatments. By increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention, which can improve the likelihood of full recovery for millions. 

NEDA also offers a free screening for anyone believing they may be at risk for an eating disorder. The screening is completely anonymous and only takes about three minutes to complete. 

You can take the screening here: SCREENING


In addition, I wanted to share with you several other great resources.

Eating Disorder Hope - A website that offers education, inspiration and support to those struggling with eating disorders and their families. The website is host to hundreds of informational articles and also a hub for locating an eating disorder professional by state. 

BEDA- The Binge Eating Disorder Association is an organization focusing on the education and advocacy for those that suffer with binge eating disorder. The organization encourages best practices in treatment and research. 

The Obesity Society - A nonprofit organization focused on expanding research and reducing stigma and discrimination for those affected by obesity. The society publishes a monthly journal, The Obesity Journal, which is made free to the public. 


SCOFF Screening Tool - A 5 question self-report tool assessing for anorexia and bulimia.

Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire - Self-report measure assessing Weight Concern, Shape Concern, Eating Concern and Restraint.

Food Addiction Questionnaire - Eating disorders have been compared to substance abuse addiction. This tool measures for those similarities. 



As always, it is of utmost importance to consult with a professional if you believe you have a problematic relationships with food. Professionals can come in many forms and should be skilled in treating eating disorders, mental health issues, medical issues and assessing nutrition needs. Professionals can include Licensed Counselors, Licensed Psychologists, Primary Care Physicians, Dietitians and Nutritionists. 


NEDA - 1 (800) 931- 2237
Eating Disorder Hope - 1-888-274-7732
BEDA - 855-855-2332

*Photos and graphics compliments of NEDA.ORG

Amber Madden is a Licensed Counseling Associate specializing in Eating Disorders and Obesity. She is the Clinical Director at Madden Wellness Counseling, PLLC. She utilizes her skills in addiction to assist her clients in with Binge Eating, "food addictive" patterns, and develop a positive approach to overall health and wellness. She has a passion for assisting clients in achieving their health goals and learning to love nutritious foods and exercise. For more information visit