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Forget the Myths...It's Time for the Truth!

"Nine Truths about Eating Disorders" was produced by a group of leading organizations in the field of eating disorders in collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, who serves as distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Based on Dr. Bulik’s 2014“9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted” talk at the National Institute of Mental Health. "Nine Truths" is an important document, as it represents a global consensus that recognizes new scientific knowledge about a group of illnesses that has been so poorly understood for so long. See video excerpts of the 9 Myths Busted -->

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The following advocacy and professional organizations collaborated to craft the "Nine Truths" consensus document and their representatives meet annually as the:

Eating Disorders Leadership Council

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

Truth #1: 

Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.

Truth #2:

Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.


Truth #3: 

An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.


Truth #4:

Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.


Truth #5: 

Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.


Truth #6: 

Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.


Truth #7:

Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.


Truth #8:  

Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.


Truth #9: 

Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.


F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders)


National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)


National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)


The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP)


Residential Eating Disorders Consortium (REDC)


Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action (EDC)


Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)


Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)


Eating Disorder Parent Support Group (EDPS)


International Eating Disorder Action (IEDaction)


Project HEAL


Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders





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