Lobby: The Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC) is one of the top advocacy organizations for eating disorders in the U.S.  Visit their advocacy page to learn more about advocating at a national and state level to reform eating disorder health policies.

EDC Lobby Day: Each fall the EDC hosts the Moms and Others March (M.O.M.) and the EDC Lobby Day. Thousands of advocates and supporters visit capitol hill to visit their representatives to advance awareness at the federal level. Learn more from the EDC.

School Awareness:  Statistics show that eating disorders can develop as early as age 7; awareness of symptoms, signs and prevention methods are important at an early age.  Bring it up at your next PTA meeting or meet with school administration about developing and participating in the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week held every spring.

The National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) has developed an informative school outreach guide. Visit ANAD to download their packet and learn how to make an impact at you child’s school.

Advocating for a Loved One With an Eating Disorder

Insurance Advocacy:  Insurance can be tricky to navigate for everyday health issues; add an eating disorder to the mix that affects both mental and physical health and you will find it important to work closely with your insurance to make sure they are doing as much for you as they can.

Be Knowledgeable About Your Benefits and Document:  Obtain and review a copy of your insurance benefits before beginning treatment (or as soon as you can). Read through the benefits and be knowledgeable about what is covered.  If you have any questions about future treatment or if the treatments will be covered, get pre-approval from your insurance provider by giving them a call.  Be sure to document all contact you have with your insurance provider, including names and contact information for the individuals you speak with.

Know Eating Disorders:  To more effectively communicate with your insurance and healthcare providers, get informed about eating disorders.  Get Informed as much as possible about the particular eating disorder you will be dealing with.

What have others done? Read blogs, follow social media conversation and do your own research on best practices for helping your loved one with an eating disorder, how to advocate for them and best practices for staying on the road to recovery.

Would you like more information on how to advocate with your insurance provider? Contact us at and we will happily point you towards more resources.

Affordable Treatment:  We know the cost of eating disorder treatment and are here to help.  If your insurance coverage and income aren’t making ends meet, please get in touch with us to see if we can be of any help.  Review our grant information to learn how me may help you or a loved one.

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