Advocacy Efforts

Advocacy Efforts

The Academy for Eating Disorders is an international transdisciplinary professional organization that promotes excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Together, the AED community advocates for the field of eating disorders on behalf of patients, the public and professionals.

The AED is proud to announce our official partnership in the 2015 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) from February 22-28! This year’s theme is “I Had No Idea,” which aims to draw attention to early intervention by highlighting commonly overlooked signs and symptoms of eating disorders. This year’s NEDAW will also target specific audiences including: parents, athletes, individuals with subthreshold eating disorders, general practitioners, media professionals, and adolescents. Together with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), we are creating awareness about eating disorders in an effort to disseminate critical information and enhance treatment seeking for those affected. In partnering with NEDA, we aim to generate national attention to eating disorder issues via local community events and social media!

There are several ways in which you can be involved in NEDAW programming both as an AED member and within your local community:

·      The AED Social Media Committee will be hosting a tweetchat with guest experts Marcia Herrin and Emily Kroshus on recognizing and treating eating disorders in athletes and exercisers on Thursday, February 26th at 1:00pm ET.

·      Join the social media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #NEDAwareness Week.

o   Visit and download a banner with key messages for NEDAW for your Facebook page.

o   You can also get involved by following AED and NEDA on Facebook and Twitter as we share information throughout the week!

o   Share your own key messages on social media or retweet and share AED and NEDA’s messages.

·      If you are interested in organizing events in your local community, NEDA has provided ideas and how-tos for event planning and film screenings as well as printable posters and flyers. Visit their website today to learn more!

Please join us in these efforts to help raise awareness about the treatment and prevention of eating disorders!


Position Statements

AED releases statements on issues related to eating disorders on a periodic basis. Recent Academy position papers include:

Read More AED Position Statements
Read AED’s Press Releases

Advocacy Efforts

AED Responds to Body Shaming in Recent LOFT Advertising Campaign
The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) expresses concern about the recent advertisement "Desperate Measures" released from Ann Taylor Loft. The portrayal of unhealthy exercise behaviors depicted in the #hotmessmoves video normalizes disorderedeating behaviors and appears to make light of the damaging effects of body image dissatisfaction and maladaptive eating behaviors. The AED encourages Ann Taylor Loft to consider removing or modifying this ad to reflect body positivity and acceptance. We encourage Ann Taylor Loft to establish consulting relationships with professionals to ensure future campaigns illustrate understanding of the complex and multifaceted implications of messaging related to body image, beauty, self-esteem, and eating disorders for all girls and women. Read the Letter.

The following letter was sent to more approximately 25 TV and broadcasting executives to help them understand the detrimental impact that weight bias and discrimination in television programming can have on our children, teens and families. Read the letter.

Mark your online calendar for Weight Stigma Awareness Week - September 22-26, 2014
The AED is a proud supporting organization for the 4th Annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2014 (#WSAW2014) hosted by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). From September 22 – 26 you will find toolkits, blog posts and interviews with thought leaders in support of the theme Tools That Build Conversations: Initiating the Weight Stigma Talk. More to come in the following weeks about how to participate and get involved via social media! Learn More.

AED Supports Mothers and Others March in Washington, DC (August 2014)
Find out more.

AED Applauds Removal of “Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels” by Hudson’s Bay Company (July 2014)
Read the position statement.

AED Supports Mental Health Coverage (Dec. 2013)
Read more.

AED Signs on to Letter to Michelle Obama About Her Appearance on The Biggest Loser (Oct. 2013)
Read the letter asking Michelle Obama NOT to appear on the upcoming episode of The Biggest Loser.

AED Issues Letter to Editor of Bicycling Magazine
Read the letter to the editor responding to Bicycling Magazine's article “Fat to Fab,” where 10 well-known elite cyclists report on their weight loss practices.

AED Responds to Michelle Obama
Read the letter to the First Lady from AED and other key eating disorders organizations.

AED Joins Other Eating Disorder Organizations to Urge Focus on Health and Lifestyle Rather Than Weight
Read the new press release, resulting from an unprecedented show of concern.

AED Issues Guidelines for Childhood Obesity Programs
Read the guidelines, which are meant to ensure that community- and school-based efforts are carried out with equal concern for children's physical, social and emotional health.

AED Raises Awareness About Sports and Body Image
In light of the 29th Olympiad, AED is speaking out on both the positive impact that sports can have on self-esteem and body esteem of participants, and some of the risks associated with less supportive aspects of athletics. Read more…

AED Opposes Miss Bimbo Web Site
The Academy for Eating Disorders declares its opposition to the "Miss Bimbo" Web site and Internet game. This site, aimed at girls aged 9 to 16, hosts an Internet game that encourages preadolescent and adolescent girls to embrace plastic surgery, extreme dieting, and the use of diet pills in the search for the perfect figure. Read more...

Miss America Speaks Out on Eating Disorders
The Academy for Eating Disorders is grateful to have the voice of Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund, raising awareness of eating disorders and providing leadership to young women. 

AED Applauds State of New York
The Academy for Eating Disorders applauds the State of New York for its leadership in establishing the Child Performer Advisory Board to Prevent Eating Disorders. This Advisory Board will develop guidelines for the employment of child models and performers and educational programs to help treat and prevent eating disorders.

AED Presents Guidelines for the Fashion Industry
The Academy for Eating Disorders has called for industry and government support of a ban of extremely underweight models. Read more. Available in English, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French.

World Wide Charter on Eating Disorders

Drawn from the responses of 1,730 people with or recovered from eating disorders, family members, professionals, and other stakeholders from 46 countries to a Web-based survey developed by the World Summit Task Force, the Charter defines the rights and expectations that people with eating disorders and their families can seek from those responsible for health policies and practices worldwide. The goal is to form a united coalition that can persuade policy makers around the globe to commit to the actions set forth in the Charter.

AED members are encouraged to adopt the Charter in their organizations and in their communities and to use the Charter as a vehicle for working with local governments and policy makers to improve the availability and the quality of eating disorder treatment and services in their regions. Read the Charter now, available in English, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Spanish and Portugese.