Mark your calendars! Our 3rd annual FEAST of Knowledge will be June 14 in Sydney, Australia, the day after AED’s International Conference on Eating Disorders.
Our 2018 and 2019 events were amazing. Enjoy some comments from the 2019 FOK in New York:
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.
Not Shying Away From Tough Topics
"(FEAST is) powerful and vocal in the eating disorder community and they have taken on this issue headlong."
Facing Tough Topics
"They (F.E.A.S.T.) are powerful and vocal in the eating disorder community and they have taken on this issue headlong."
F.E.A.S.T. – Families Are Part of Healing
"F.E.A.S.T. is the first of its kind and a pioneer in ensuring families are intimately involved in healing and treatment of eating disorders. I couldn't have helped my daughter without FEAST. I was also able to forgive myself and learn more about my own experience of an eating disorder!"
Support Strength for Recovery
Thank you for being there for me when I needed it most. Not sure if recovery would have been achieved without this forum.
heard and valued
Being validated as a caregiver by professionals! Knowing that in that room, caregivers were heard and valued.