Family Resources for Education on Eating Disorders (FREED)
Family Resources for Education on Eating Disorders (FREED) is a parent-founded, non-profit, organization committed to educating our community about the serious nature and growing prevalence of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder; providing information about how to recognize and treat eating disorders; and providing resources for support for persons suffering from an eating disorder and for their families and friends.
What We Do...
FREED provides the following resources:
Eating Disorders: The Problem
The three major types of eating disorders are:
Eating disorders are addictive and can be fatal. They are about more than just food or getting into a smaller dress size. Just as with persons who are dependent on alcohol or drugs, persons with eating disorders use food as a means to cope with the stress or difficulties in their lives. The inability to meet perceived standards of acceptability, as well as the sense that ones' life is out of control, may drive a person to develop an eating disorder.
You Are Not Alone...
For most people, recovery from a serious physical or emotional illness means a second chance, the opportunity to create a new life, to pursue goals which have been sidetracked, and to renew or create meaningful relationships.
People do recover from eating disorders, usually with the support of professionals, such as an eating disorder specialist, therapist, or a support group. The first steps toward recovery are acknowledgement of the eating disorder, a desire to recover, and a willingness to seek support from others.
Eating Disorder Outpatient Facilities
Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC area
Links to Other Information Resources
Here are several links to other organizations and general resources about eating disorders that you may find helpful.
Telephone: (301) 585-0358 or (301) 493-4568
E-mail: You may send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
(please include "FREED" in the subject line)
© 2005 FREED Last Updated: January 25, 2005
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