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We believe in each individual family’s ability to make the best decisions for their own situations, and that they are best served when they are equipped with evidence-based information, skills, and peer support.

This means we are committed to not recommending specific providers or giving treatment advice.

Our financial independence from any perceived source of influence is important to us so that the families we support can have confidence in our impartiality.

This means we that while we welcome donations from individuals, we do not accept sponsorship, advertising or other promoting funding that derives from commercial treatment providers.

… the check is on the way.  I just want you and everyone at FEAST to know how thankful I am that FEAST and the ATDT Forum were here for me when my daughter developed RAN nearly 10 years ago.  It was through the ATDT Forum that I learned what I needed to do to help my daughter recover.  Full recovery took a very long time, a number of years.  But whenever I had a question or needed support, I knew that I could always turn to FEAST.  Today, my daughter is fully recovered.  I’m so appreciative of all that you do, and I hope that FEAST will be here for as long as parents need this help.

What is F.E.A.S.T.?

Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders

  • International
  • Non-Profit Charity / US Registered 501(c)3
  • Funded by Individual Donations

Our Goals:

  • Connect parents and caregivers of eating disorder patients
  • Offer science-based information & resources
  • Promote family as a key resource during treatment
  • Improve public understanding of eating disorders
  • Reduce stigma
  • Reduce suffering

How does your donation help?

Donations of all sizes are welcome and help us serve caregivers around the world. We help you to understand eating disorders. We provide support, education, and current research to facilitate finding appropriate treatment, so that you have access to information needed to recover and thrive.

We know what kind of information and skills help families be resilient and strong through the process.

We believe in families of all types. We believe in full recovery. We believe information is power and good treatment saves lives.

Your support can help us reach those families across the globe, now, when they need it most.

  • $50 – Two online moderated and confidential support forums in English and Spanish.
  • $100 – Access to evidence-based education and research.
  • $200 – 24/7 Chatline.
  • $500 – Live broadcasting with top researchers, clinicians, and experts by experience.
  • $1,000 – Multilingual educational materials.
  • $8,000 – Fund initiatives from our strategic plan.
  • $15,000 – FEAST of Knowledge Global Conference brings together researches, clinicians, and experts by experience for a day of education and connection.
  • $25,000 – Advocacy to promote evidence-based treatment, access to current research, policy change, knowledge, and myth-busting!

We are always delighted to talk to anyone about how they could help us- just contact us if you would like to be part of what FEAST is achieving worldwide.

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh FEAST CEO and FounderContact me:

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh
Executive Director
[email protected]
(540) 50-FEAST

Annual Parent Support Line Fund Campaign

Canada

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.