Useful Links & Resources


Informative Eating Disorders Booklet

Download NIED’s special booklet Understanding Starts Here that includes sections on Eating Disorder Recovery, Approaching Someone with an Eating Disorder, Tips for Parents, Families, Spouses & Significant Others and Resources.

Colour PDF

Black & White PDF

Eating Disorders & Mental Health Information, Treatment & Support

The following organizations have comprehensive Eating Disorders information to share, including up-to-date databases on Treatment Centres, Support Groups and individual Therapists, Nutritionists and Registered Dietitians,



National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC)

National information, resources and links.

1-866-NEDIC-20 (1-866-633-4220)


MedicAlert ID

NIED and the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation encourage individuals with an Eating Disorder to wear a customized MedicAlert ID that can “speak for you” should the need arise. The MedicAlert ID is engraved with critical health information, a hotline number and a personalized code number. In the event of an emergency, first responders can access your medical information 24/7 via the hotline – even if you are outside of Canada.

For more information, contact Cindy Fritz at the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation, 1-866-679-3217 ext. 1230.

Or email:


Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

PHAC has a comprehensive Mental Illness information site where you can learn about mental illness, its risk factors, symptoms and treatment.

Visit the site




Health Services Information. Provides free and confidential health services for people experiencing problems with mental health, gambling, alcohol or drugs.

Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600

Important Surveys Requesting Your Participation

Recruiting for a study investigating the effects of Tai Chi or Yoga on Eating Disorder symptoms and Mindfulness skills. Supported by, among others,  McMaster University, Sheena’s Place and Danielle’s Place. Contact Katarina Poletto at 416-518-3705 or

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Imaging Anorexia Nervosa

As part of a research study, the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) is looking to image the brains of women woman aged 18-48 who have a current or past diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa. For more information, contact Amy Miles, 416.535.8501 (ext. 30426) or

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Recruiting Sisters for a Brain Imaging Study of Anorexia Nervosa

As part of a research study, the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) is looking for sister pairs aged 18-48, in which one sister has a current or past diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa and the other does not. Participation requires two trips to CAMH, 250 College St., Toronto, for an assessment (90 minutes) and MRI scan (30 minutes).

For more information, contact Amy Miles, 416.535.8501 (ext. 30426) or

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A study focusing on profiling associations between eating disorder symptoms and early adapted beliefs.

A PhD candidate from School of Psychology at Deakin University in Australia is looking for qualified participants to contribute to this online anonymous study.

For more information: Research flyer


Three important CAMH Anorexia Nervosa Research Studies.

Two studies are investigating new treatment approaches and one is aimed at uncovering potential underlying neurobiological disturbances in the disorder.

For more information:


Web/Workshop Intervention for Caregivers of Adults with Eating Disorders.

Learn about and build skills to support someone with an Eating Disorder through a workshop or online educational program.

For more information:  GINA UHN STUDY 2


Supporting Eating Disorder Recovery in Young People. Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are investigating social identity and eating disorder recovery amongst young people aged 16-25 who have experience of using online support groups for living with an eating disorder, through an online survey and email interviews.

The link to the survey is Email interviews are also conducted:


Professionals & Caregivers

Strategizing for Change: A review of the 2016 EDAC 2016 Conference.

Read Andrea LaMarre’s Science of Eating Disorders post on the 2016 conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba September 28, 29 & 30.

Read the review


Blogs / Advocacy

International Eating Disorder Action 

A coalition of parents, carers, survivors, sufferers and others, established so that members can take ACTION on issues relating to Eating Disorders. The group has members in over 15 countries and address Eating Disorder issues globally.

Articles, Videos

Tribute & Inspirational Links

A story of an Eating Disorder, loss and hope.


Must-See Articles and Videos


 Iinformative Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Video

Watch the video


Eating Disorder sufferer creates brutally honest illustrations of her disease.

Read the Buzz Feed article on Christie Begnell’s visual representation of her Eating Disorder.

Read the article


“I saw food as the enemy”: Article in the Ottawa Citizen on radio host Katherine Dines.

Read how Katherine Dines is now speaking out publicly about the Eating Disorder she his for years.

Read the article


Eating Disorder Research gets a new direction

Read the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) post about the UK National Institute for Health Research-supported initiative to set a 10-point agenda for Eating Disorders research .

Read the article


Strategizing for Change: A review of the 2016 EDAC 2016 Conference.

Read Andrea LaMarre’s Science of Eating Disorders post on the 2016 conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba September 28, 29 & 30.

Read the review


UK teenagers with Eating Disorders must be seen by specialist doctor within a month. Read about British Prime Minister David Cameron’s initiative to trigger a revolution in mental health treatment in the UK.

Read article


UK group invests £320,000 (over CAD$660,000!) for a new eating disorders service for young people aged eight to 18. Read how the enlightened Hull and East Riding Clinical Commissioning Groups are investing in a new service  launched after a sudden spike in the number of young people admitted to hospital.

Read article


How Monitoring Your Child’s Growth Chart Could Help Prevent an Eating Disorder.

Read Lauren Muhlheim’s informative article on warning signs and early intervention.

Read article


Could the Microbiome cure Eating Disorders? Read Carrie Arnold’s fascinating article on research into gut microbes and their possible impact on Eating Disorders.


Why aren’t more doctors treating eating disorders? The Globe and Mail’s Wency Leung probes the causes and effects of our society’s discrimination against Eating Disorders.


When the impulse to be thin never grows old. A powerful article by National Post Health reporter Sharon Kirkey explores Eating Disorders among middle-aged women. Includes moving “lived experience” stories and imbedded videos.


How are colleges and universities helping students with eating disorders? Watch this informative Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) webinar that looked at how to best support a student who may have an Eating Disorder. The presenters are Debbie Berlin-Romalis, BSW, MSW, RSW, Social Worker/Psychotherapist, Executive Director, Sheena’s Place.  Lauren Drouillard, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, Program Manager, Sheena’s Place. Coti Maclaughlin-Grant, 2nd Year student, Child and Youth Work Program. Created on January 28, 2015, the webinar is part of EENet’s “Ask the Experts” series.

Link to the webinar here

How to Talk to Your Daughter About her Body. Read Sarah Koppelkam’s thoughtful Huff Post Parents blog.


Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Steps Up Efforts to Treat Eating Disorders. Read the Ottawa Sun article that includes a picture of NIED founder Wendy Preskow with Dr. Mark Norris.


No treatment for eating disorder sufferers in Ireland.  Read this telling article from The Irish Examiner. Seems like we in Canada are not alone.


Statement in support of Eating Disorders Awareness Week in the B.C. Legislature. Watch B.C. MLA, Jane Thornthwaite (North Vancouver-Seymour) present a statement in the B.C. Legislature during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 2015.


Eating Disorders and Parenting in 2015. Read Joe Kelly’s excellent article on responding to a child with an Eating Disorder. Worth sharing!


Eating Disorders are a scourge in need of a strategy. Read André Picard’s powerful article, published in The Globe And Mail on December 2, 2014.


Global News National ran a two-part TV and online report on the Eating Disorders crisis in Canada. View Parliamentary Correspondent Vassey Kapelos’s powerful reports here:

Part One

Part Two


Read the compelling iPolitics article by MP (Etobicoke North) Kirsty Duncan Ph.D., (now the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science) on the need for a national strategy for Eating Disorders in Canada.

Read about the opening of a new 12-bed Eating Disorders Unit at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario. The first-of-its-kind program in Ontario.


Read the Huffington Post Canada blog on Eating Disorders in Canada written by MP (Etobicoke North) Kirsty Duncan Ph.D. (now the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science). 


Read about a Newfoundland and Labrador Eating Disorder sufferer’s experience in Emergency.


Read about an Eating Disorder sufferer’s Crowdsourcing campaign online.


Desperate Ontario family turns to Crowdsourcing to fund Eating Disorder treatment for their critically ill daughter.


Exposing Canada’s ugly mental-health secret. Article in The Globe and Mail, October 13, 2013.


Dr Blake Woodside on CTV talking about the launch of the new National Eating Disorders Foundation on Friday, October 4, 2013.


Eating Disorders: What you “NIED” to know.

Article in Healthy Living magazine by Dr. Heather Wheeler, member of the NIED Team.


XX in Health – Canadian Women Changing Health

Wendy Preskow, founder of NIED, included in the first annual list of Canadian Women Changing Healthcare that spotlights women who are changing the face of healthcare.


Online science-based articles related to binge-eating disorder.


Anorexia Awareness Video – dedicated to all those suffering from an Eating Disorder.


Toronto Star article on Deep Brain Stimulation.


Global Saskatoon interview with Treena Wynes, food addiction councilor, on Eating Disorders in men. – interviews/video


Eating Disorders from the Inside Out: Dr. Laura Hill at TEDxColumbus.;search%3ADr%20laura%20hill


BBC News – MSP whose daughter died of eating disorder leads debate.


What NOT to Say to a Friend With an Eating Disorder.


16:9 Boys and Men: Dying to be thin.


Israeli government launches new anorexia laws.


A Parent’s Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders.



N.S. girl heading to U.S. for anorexia treatment.


Australia’s shock Eating Disorder statistics


MANITOBA’S Progressive Conservatives say Eating Disorders patients face “unacceptable” wait times.

Books & Workbooks



Centre for Clinical Interventions

This Australian resource provides accessible and useful information on issues related to Eating Disorders and its online workbook includes two specific Eating Disorder modules.



Shell. One Woman’s Final Year After a Lifelong Struggle with Anorexia and Bulimia.

Michelle Stewart, author of Michelle’s Voice blog, passed on in 2014. Shell is a compilation of her blogs that put a compelling and intimate face to the disease. Click on the link to watch Kirk Mason and Karen Flello talk to Global News about Michelle Stewart’s story and her poetic memoir about experiencing a terminal illness.

Watch the video


The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents.

Kids as young as five are dying to be “perfect” and fit in. Parents are feeling powerless.

This book helps them both.

By Marci Warhaft-Nadler


Brave Girl Eating.

A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia.

By Harriett Brown



Why you binge eat and how to stop.

By Cynthia M. Bulik  Ph.D


Gürze Books


A Parent’s Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders.


By Dr. Karin Jasper and Dr. Ahmed Boachie