Introduction and Overview

The following resources are widely used in clinical settings to screen and assess, design treatment protocol, prescribe medication and provide referrals for children and adolescents with eating disorders.

Screening & Assessment

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Flowchart to guide the process of considering possible eating disorder.



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Popular screening instrument.



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Screening tool used by NEDA.




Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A common therapy for individuals with eating disorders. CBT is a type of talk therapy focusing on how thoughts and emotions affect behavior.

Family-Based Treatment

Referral and Co-Management






Additional Resources for Families

National Eating Disorders Association: Dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. They provide information, screening tools, and referrals.

Maudsley Parents: A family-based treatment that offers hope, help, and information to other families.

Academy for Eating Disorders: A professional organization committed to research, education, treatment, and prevention.

F.E.A.S.T.: The global support and education community of and for parents of those with eating disorders. They also have a robust community forum.

Seattle Children’s Hospital: Eating disorder book list and resources.

Peace Meal: Is an eating disorder podcast hosted by The Emily Program.

The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast: Healing your relationship with food, your body and your self.

ED Matters: Interviews experts in the field of eating disorders.

Search under eating disorders on your favorite podcast hosting site for more.

Healthline:  Highlights the best apps for supporting eating disorder recovery. They are listed below.

  • Recovery Record: Eating disorder management.
  • Rise Up + Recover: An eating disorder monitoring and management tool for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and EDNOS.
  • RealifeChange: A personal, portable life coach.
  • MindShift CBT : Anxiety Canada teaches you how to relax and take charge of your anxiety.
  • What's Up?  A Mental Health App.
  • Cognitive Diary: Cognitive behavioral therapy self-help.

Helping Someone with an Eating Disorder: Help Guide reviews types of eating disorders, common myths, and techniques for supporting someone in your life with an eating disorder.

Stories of Hope: National Eating Disorder Association provides personal stories from eating disorder survivors.

You Can’t Save Your Child from Their Anorexia: Psychology Today shares a story of a mother’s struggles with her daughter's eating disorder.

Books families may find helpful:

Helping Your Child Overcome an Eating Disorder: What You Can Do at Home (2003), by Teachman, Schwartz, Gordic and Coyle

Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder (2004), by James Lock and Daniel le Grange

Effective Meal Support: A Guide for Family and Friends, by British Colombia Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Off the C.U.F.F. (Calm, Unwavering, Firm and Funny) by Duke Eating Disorders Program, order info at

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder andHow You Can Too (2003), by Jenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge

Books youth may find helpful:

Eating Disorders (2003), by Trudi Strain Trueit

No Body’s Perfect (2002), by Kimberley Kirberger

Book Riot highlights the 50 must-read books about eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Association reviews the common signs and symptoms of eating disorders.

View all of NEDA's videos on YouTube.