Anorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder identified by a preoccupation for thinness, sought through self-starvation, to the point where one’s health is put in danger. The individual has an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image and weighs less than the 85% of expected normal weight.


Cambridge Eating Disorder Center Support Groups 

Drop-In Support Group for the community on the first Tuesday of every month. This complimentary support group is for individuals struggling with an eating disorder, family members of individuals struggling with an eating disorder, and friends of those with eating disorders. The group is intended to provide psycho-education and support.  Free, monthly drop-in support groups also are available for family members of those struggling with an eating disorder. The group is intended to provide support and education for those affected by a loved one’s eating disorder.
Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, 3 Bow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-547-2255

Multi-service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) 

Provides education about eating disorders and their underlying causes.
288 Walnut Street Suite 130
Newton, MA 02460
Phone: 617-558-1881

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) 

Provides information about support groups, treatment and resources.
PO Box 409047
Chicago, IL 60640
ANAD Hotline: 630-577-1330
Email: (general inquiries)

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)

Offers help and support for treatment, support groups, and research studies for people with eating disorders.
165 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-575-6200
Toll Free: 800-931-2237
For 24/7 crisis support, text ‘NEDA’ to 741741

McLean’s Klarman Eating Disorders Center

Founded with the generous support of the Klarman Family Foundation, the McLean’s Hospital Klarman Eating Disorders Center (KEDC) provides state of the art treatment for young women ages 16 to 26. Our residential and partial hospital program specializes in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.  Call for help and treatment options.

Phone: 877-781-5513.

Other Information:

Recovery Connection 

Confidential Helpline: 866-812-8231

Beyond Physical Appearances: A Guide to Anorexia 

Provides information including causes, treatment, recovery and much more.

Eating Disorder Hope Resources for Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder 

Eating Disorder Hope has an organized list of resources.

Fact Sheet last updated on: 2/13/2023

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