The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) promotes the week of February 24 – March 1 as National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Lawyers, law students, and judges in Massachusetts can schedule a Free & Confidential consultation with one of our licensed therapists for an evaluation, a referral, or to begin a limited number of counseling sessions. Our therapists can help you figure out how to approach and arrange treatment options and address any other questions or concerns you might have. It makes sense to get help if you’re unsure if your problem constitutes as clinical or whether you have a “problem” at all. Find more on scheduling here.
We’ve just opened a poll to determine whether there’s enough interest for us to create a Free & Confidential Eating Disorders Support Group exclusively for lawyers, law students, and judges with eating disorders. Please provide your input here to help us identify interest and the best format to accommodate it.
In the meantime, we’ve culled NEDA’s support group listings for meetings in Massachusetts. For updates and meetings outside of Massachusetts, you can also check their support group listings here. Current support groups accessible in Massachusetts include:
- Cambridge — Sundays at 7pm: Eating Disorders Anonymous
- Lowell — Wednesdays at 3pm: ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)
- Boston — Wednesdays at 7pm: Project HEAL, ANAD Affiliate
- Newton — Twice Monthly: MEDA (Multi-service Eating Disorders Association, ANAD Affiliate
- Online — Multiple Timing Options: ANAD
- Online — Daily: Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA)
- Online — Most Weekdays: Eating Disorders Anonymous
- Online — Tuesdays: The Eating Disorder Foundation
- LGBTQ+ Online — Twice Monthly: ANAD
- Diabulimia Awareness Online Support Group on Facebook (co-morbidity of diabetes and eating disorders)
NEDA provides a Screening Tool (here). This is a self-assessment tool and is not intended to substitute for a professional evaluation. As a lawyer, law student, or judge in Massachusetts, our licensed clinicians can provide a Free & Confidential professional evaluation — find more on scheduling here.
NEDA also provides a Helpline (800) 931-2237 & Click-to-Chat (here). And, NEDA offers Forums (here) and more resources (here). For crisis situations, text NEDA to 741741 to be connected with a trained volunteer at Crisis Text Line.
Rethinking Healing through the Lens of Harm Reduction, a post by Gloria Lucas, is a recent feature on NEDA’s Blog. Gloria observes that eating disorders are finally being examined within a social justice framework, pointing to discussions around the ineffectiveness of diet culture and the harm of fatphobia. Gloria explains how the traditional binary view on recovery/relapse creates isolation:
“Not only have I had to deal with the reclusiveness of being a womxn of color with an illness still believed to predominantly affect white women but feeling that I had no community to explore the middle ground of recovery and relapsing.”
To cover the benefits of applying Harm Reduction Models to eating disorders, Gloria Lucas is offering a webinar on Self Care During the Storm: Eating Disorder Harm Reduction Practices on March 2nd at 2:30pm EST (5:30pm PST, Pacific the hosted time zone). While the Harm Reduction Methods discussed will apply primarily to bulimia, anyone affected by eating disorders is encouraged to attend — as are caregivers and treatment providers.
Finally, Eating Disorders Anonymous is available to borrow from our lending library. It emulates the “Big Book” of AA in style and substance with personal accounts of recover, and has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. To borrow Eating Disorders Anonymous, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We haven’t reviewed the book yet — but understand from other reviews that it only includes one story from a male, and focuses substantially on anorexia and bulimia with less attention to overeating and binge eating. Eating disorders affect all genders, races, and ages. Find more on current research on male eating disorders (here), along with a personal account from a male college athlete’s struggles with binge eating disorder (here).