Education is crucial in the quest to eliminate the shame and stigma that surrounds mental illness, particularly eating disorders. It is estimated that 29 million Americans will experience an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime. Early intervention leads to better outcomes. To be able to intervene, on any level, you must have a basic understanding of the disease. The National Alliance for Eating Disorders (formerly The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness) offers an extensive array of outreach and education programs addressing all eating disorders to health professionals/facilities, social services agencies/community organizations, and schools.

Health Professionals/Facilities

Given the high prevalence and severity of eating disorders, specialized training in early identification and treatment of eating disorders is essential. However, only a small percentage of medical and allied health professionals ever receive proper training. The Alliance has the ability to offer free presentations, with Continuing Education Units, for many licensed physical and mental health professionals. Goals for these trainings include how to screen, diagnose, and refer individuals for treatment. The training may be held at your facility.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) LogoThe National Alliance for Eating Disorders has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6958. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The National Alliance for Eating Disorders is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Community Organizations

Programming for the community varies based on the need and/or request of the audience. The Alliance maintains a library of over 75 presentations addressing a varity of issues as they relate to eating disorders. We will work with your group to individualize the educational components to be addressed in the presentation. We can provide training for your staff or congregation, at your facility, to be able to further assist these individuals to find proper services and treatment.


We have developed programs suitable for upper elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Each of the programs is delivered by an Alliance staff member and is age/subject appropriate for the audience. We can accommodate classroom groups and/or assembly style presentations at your location, and will work with each teacher, professor, or campus organization to customize the presentation. These programs are also suitable for camps, youth groups, and other student focused organizations.

Schedule a Presentation

For further information on educational opportunities, please contact Paije Nobles, RD, LDN, Outreach & Education Coordinator at 866-662-1235 or