The Eating Disorder Foundation was founded in 2003 to become an effective resource in the prevention of eating disorders through education, support and advocacy.
The organization started with a single support group devoted to the families and friends of those suffering from eating disorders. At the time, no other non-profit organization in the Denver area was devoted solely to issues involving eating disorders or to providing no-cost support to those with eating disorders, as well as to their friends and families. From 2003 until 2012, EDF operated out of a small office in Denver’s Cherry Creek area, expanding its support groups, developing educational materials for Colorado schools, providing networking and information sharing for eating disorder professionals and addressing a broad array of individual needs and inquiries. In 2012, EDF moved into its new headquarters in Denver’s Uptown/City Park neighborhood. Dubbed “A Place of Our Own,” the newly renovated, homelike facility enabled EDF to include new programs and accommodate drop-in visits while providing a welcoming environment for those attending support groups, workshops and classes. Throughout its history and with the help of a committed core of volunteers, EDF has continued to sharpen its mission and expand its program while remaining dedicated to rebuilding lives by creating recovery-oriented communities of understanding.
Support groups: Our support groups are at the heart of the EDF program, providing safe places for those with eating disorders and their families to grow and to learn from one another. EDF’s support groups are offered on a drop-in basis and are free of charge. These groups not only have helped many who are touched by eating disorders, but also have served as a springboard from which lasting, supportive friendships have grown.
Education and outreach: EDF’s efforts include age-specific presentations about body image and eating disorders given free of charge to schools and community organizations throughout Colorado. We exhibit at professional conferences and health fairs for school nurses, counselors, and coaches associations, to name a few. EDF also hosts networking & educational events for eating disorder treatment professionals in the community as a way for these dedicated professionals to connect to their peers, share resources and expertise.
Mentorship: Our mentorship program matches qualified mentors with someone who is in need of a little extra help on their path to recovery. EDF mentors provide one-on-one support and act as a role model to their mentee, while encouraging recovery by using healthy coping strategies.