Before my daughter even had her appointment to receive her Eating Disorder diagnosis, the doctor directed us to get online with FEAST to start educating ourselves about the nature of this problem and to connect with other caregivers who could support us. It's been a tough road, but my daugher is now healthy and happy! We couldn't have done it without the amazing, committed, brilliant, kind and caring people who organize FEAST, and without the parents who share their experiences and knowledge on the online forum. This non-profit is soley member supported. No one is paid, and all money is spent to educate and support it's members and the world-wide community of people who are in need. The board is committed to promoting evidence-based practices and the other parents are passionate about helping each other. I could not have refed my daughter and returned her to her normal weight and sanity without the information that FEAST shared with me and without the parents who were online at all hours of the day and night to answer my panicked questions and to guide me with suggestons and resources. FEAST is a life-saver…I cannot say enough good things about this amazing organization!
FEAST is a godsend for anyone who has a child or loved one suffering from an eating disorder. Their Around the Dinner Table forum provides a moderated venue to get support and advice from other parents and caregivers 24/7. As research changes our general knowledge about eating disorders, FEAST has partnered with a top-notch advisory team to create pamphlets that explain the neurobiology of eating disorders, how to choose treatment providers, and how families can come to terms to help their child. FEAST believes parents are a key component of the treatment team and provides resources to make us more effective team members.
In my humble opinion, FEAST hosts the single best website for obtaining the most accurate and up-to-date information on eating disorder research, education and treatment. FEAST has helped educate thousands of care providers, sufferers, practitioners regarding eating disorders. There is so much misinformation out there and it is very refreshing to finally have a place where you can get accurate information, which has saved countless lives. Also, being put in touch with other families and caregivers going through what you are going through is a huge lifesaver and makes you feel not so alone in what is usually a very isolating disease. FEAST empowers families and caregivers to speak up on their loved ones' behalf and ensure they are getting the most-up-to-date treatment rather than relying on old outdated and antiquated treatment. FEAST provides so many services that it is difficult to name them all here, but it is an invaluable resource and I am grateful every day that it exists.
This site is absolutely amazing. My daughter was diagnosed with RAN 2 years ago and whilst I would not consider myself to be a "poster", I have used the advice, taken encouragement and hope from the carers and moderators who do a fantastic job - they fully understand what you are going through, do not judge and give you tools, personal experiences and a fuller understanding of this dreadful illness. It has helped me to be a better support to my daughter who is now well on the way to a full recovery and for that I will be forever grateful. Thanks to all the wonderful people who are involved.
When our daughter was diagnosed, I thought I knew what most of us think we know about anorexia nervosa. Well, when I saw how badly the advice and treatment we were first getting, was turning out, I looked for better information. I found it at FEAST. People had links to resources, they had explanations that made sense of what we were going through. Most of all, they had been there themselves. There is nothing like the peer support provided by FEAST, anywhere else that I know of.
F.E.A.S.T offers such vital support for families and sufferer's alike. It helps to create a collective forum of support and holistic sense of healing for so many people. Non-profit organisations like this truly are indispensable in the foundations of recovery. I have great admiration for those that keep such charities alive.
I am a psychologist who treats children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders. I always refer the parents of my ED patients to FEAST the very first time I meet them. FEAST empowers, informs, and connects parents to a priceless resource: each other. FEAST saves lives.
F.E.A.S.T. fills a void that doesn't exist anywhere else. The information on the website and from other parents has taught me more about how to care for my child with anorexia than any profressional ever could. I am so grateful that it exists.
I found F.E.A.S.T. late one night and I knew that even though the diagnosis was tough, this group would be able to help. The Forum helped educate our family so we could not react to everything but work on problems and get darn near expert parent advice. Laura Collins is a champion and so are the moderators and everyone who makes F.E.A.S.T. such an amazing place.
As an American Parent with a child who suffered from Anorexia Nervosa at age 13, I can tell you we would not have achieved the health and success we now enjoy without this organization! I thank my lucky stars daily for F.E.A.S.T. There is no better resource out there, in the entire world.
There won't be enough space to write about the support that FEAST gives. Imagine being worried that your child may die but not know who you can talk to about it. Imagine the stigma of mental illness, and how it consumes every minute of every day. FEAST gives you access to a 24 hour a day service, with people coming together from around the world to offer support and a listening ear. We are still on our FEAST journey, but in a more positive place - thanks to the support, information and friends I have made through this amazing organisation. FEAST should be the website that all GPS give to a worried parent on their first visit, as the advice and support you would receive is priceless.