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Our Mission

The National Alliance for Eating Disorders is the leading nonprofit
organization dedicated to the outreach, education, early intervention, support, and advocacy for all eating disorders.

About Our Founder

After recovering from a long battle with various eating disorders, Johanna Kandel founded The National Alliance for Eating Disorders (“The Alliance”) as a way to give back and make a difference. Since founding The Alliance in October 2000, Johanna has brought information, awareness, and support to hundreds of thousands of individuals nationally and internationally. In addition, she facilitates free, weekly support groups, helps thousands of people gain information and find the help they need, and advocates for change on local, state, and national level. 

What We Do

The National Alliance for Eating Disorders (formerly The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness) is the leading national nonprofit organization providing referrals, education, and support for all eating disorders. Since October 2000, we have worked tirelessly to raise awareness; eliminate secrecy and stigma; promote access to care; and support those susceptible to, currently experiencing, and recovering from eating disorders.

The Alliance offers comprehensive services, including:

  • Educational presentations and training days
  • Free, weekly, therapist-led support groups nationwide (virtual and in-person) for those experiencing eating disorders and for their loved ones
  • Support and referrals through both our free help-line and comprehensive referral website/app
  • Direct, low-cost, life-saving, outpatient treatment to underinsured and uninsured adults in the South Florida community.
  • Unique and empowering Southern Smash scale smashing events and SmashTALK panel discussions.

Over the past 21 years, we have demonstrated our tireless commitment to creating change and making a positive impact on our community.

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