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F.E.A.S.T: The global support and education community of and for parents of those with eating disorders.
You’ve found us: the global organization of and serving parents like you around the world. We are here to help you understand your son or daughter’s eating disorder, support you in helping them get appropriate treatment, and get you the information you need to help them recover and thrive.
This website is about you. Your learning, your confidence, your resources. No two families have the same needs or path, but we know what kind of information and skills help families be resilient and strong through the process. We can help you discover your unique toolkit.
We believe in families. We believe in full recovery. We believe information is power and good treatment saves lives. Welcome to our community, and these resources. In no time you will be paying it forward to support others: Welcome.
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Thanks for all that you do for families in their time of need. Paying it forward. 🙂
JD Ouellette F.E.A.S.T. Board Member
The fact is this app takes a protocol that may have some efficacy in a specific, high-risk population and when used under strict medical supervision, and they've made it accessible and are marketing to children under very different circumstances. It's unconscionable and I believe it's unavoidable that it will lead to great suffering for most users (diets still don't work for most people, and weight cycling is unhealthy) and possibly even death for some children who are genetically vulnerable to eating disorders.
Concerned Mom, Canada
Our 10 year-old daughter began to gradually lose weight after deciding to “eat healthy” and “get fit” which lead to a full-blown case of Anorexia Nervosa by the time she was 11. Nobody saw it coming.
Dr. Lauren Muhlheim F.E.A.S.T. Advisor
"I cannot adequately express the guilt that parents feel from having allowed their teens to start these diets."
Sarah K. Ravin, Ph.D. F.E.A.S.T. Advisory Panel
As a psychologist specializing in child and adolescent eating disorders, I stand firmly against the Kurbo app, and any app or program that promotes weight loss in children or teenagers. The best available scientific evidence demonstrates that dieting is, at best, ineffective, and at worst, blatantly harmful. For many children and adolescents who develop eating disorders, their illness was initially triggered by a diet or an attempt at "eating healthy" (which is usually a diet in disguise). For these reasons, I would never encourage a child or adolescent under my care, or any child or adolescent I know, to utilize this app or any other weight-loss product.
June Alexander, PhD . F.E.A.S.T. Advisor
As an 11 year old, developing a restrictive anorexia nervosa, if I’d had access to Kurbo, I would have been drawn to it with a magnetic force, and would have quickly become a star user – I would have lost more weight than others, because I would want to do my best (for the eating disorder). I dread to think that this App has appeared at a time when my grandchildren are aged seven to 12 years.