ANRED: Who we are and what we do

  • What is ANRED

We are a website dedicated to making it easier for you to learn
about eating disorders and how to recover from them.

  • Do you do counseling by e-mail from
    this site?

No, we do not. We believe that eating disorders
are serious problems that deserve professional attention. Good
treatment begins with medical and psychological evaluations and
then continues according to a thoughtfully constructed treatment
plan. That plan is subject to revisions based in part on careful
observations of the client and his or her expressions, voice
tones, and other non-verbal behaviors. Because e-mail does not
give us access to that kind of information, we are not comfortable
providing treatment in anything but a face-to-face context. ANRED
information is not, and was never intended to be, a substitute
for medical or psychological care.

If you send us e-mail, we will respond.
We will give you the best information we have, and if you ask
for them, we will give you our opinions. We cannot, however,
diagnose or treat problems as complex as eating disorders by

Eating disorders are treatable, and people
do recover from them. Almost always, however, recovery demands
professional treatment. The sooner you begin, the easier it will
be for you to take control of disordered eating. Don’t let embarrassment
or false pride get in the way of your seeking the help you need.

  • Why don’t you have footnotes? What
    are your sources? How can I know that the information on this
    site is accurate?

Our site is designed for lay people and
consumers. We do not pretend to be a professional or scholastic

Our information, including the statistics
we set forth, is accurate. It comes from many sources including
the materials listed in our bibliography.
If you need specific citations, ask your school research librarian
to help you with a computer search of the literature using key
words like “epidemiology,” “etiology,” “anorexia
nervosa,” “bulimia nervosa,” and so on.

  • Is your site up to date? How often
    do you revise it?

We are up to date. Our pages include some
of the very latest information about eating disorders and their
treatment. To keep ourselves current, we rely heavily on the
Eating Disorders Review, a digest of timely research published
six times a year by Gurze Books.


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