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Our Principles

  1. Eating disorders are biologically based mental illnesses and fully treatable with a combination of nutritional, medical, and therapeutic supports.
  2. Parents do not cause eating disorders, and patients do not choose eating disorders.
  3. Parents and caregivers can be a powerful support for a loved one’s recovery from an eating disorder.
  4. Blaming and marginalizing parents in the eating disorder treatment process causes harm and suffering.
  5. Patients should receive evidence-based treatment, when available.
  6. Families should be supported in seeking the most appropriate treatment in the least restrictive environment possible.
  7. Food is medicine: all treatment should include urgent and ongoing nutritional rehabilitation.
  8. When the family is supported, the patient is supported.
  9. Siblings and parents are affected by a family member’s illness; their needs deserve full attention, too.
  10. Parents have a unique capacity to help other parents with support, information, and the wisdom of experience.
  11. F.E.A.S.T. is committed to a coalition-building model of advocacy work that requires mutual respect among caregivers, professionals, and patients.
F.E.A.S.T. Eating Disorder support principles