Please note that
the Event featured on the Events tab is for Eating Disorder Professionals
ALL SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS
HELD MONTHLY AT THE BELMONT CENTER
4200 Monument Ave Philadelphia PA 19131 215- 877- 2000
here for meeting schedule
you are an eating disorder treatment provider who would like to be listed
in our Online Directory, please click on the
"Be Listed" tab for further information.
Call 215 221-1864
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If you have an eating disorder:
There is a support
group for you. If you are a family
member or loved one:
- You feel all alone
- no one cares or understands;
- You are confused
with what is going on;
- You want to find
- You need support
along with your therapy.
There is a support
group for you. What Do We Offer
- You feel frightened,
confused by the behavior and physical changes you are witnessing;
- You want to know
what you can do to help;
- You want to know
what kind of help is necessary and where it is available.
- Support Groups
for people with anorexia and bulimia, which meet once a month.
- Separate Support
Groups for families and friends, which meet once a month.
- Monthly informational
meetings with guest speakers ( October - April ).
- Telephone Help
Line ( 215 ) 221-1864 for those seeking support, information and referrals.
- Referrals for medical
and psychological services.
- Information regarding
current activities and publications for people with an eating disorder
and their family and friends.
- Speakers Bureau.
- Outreach Program
Funding for Chapter activities depends
on professional membership and donations. Meetings are open to the public.
Those who attend will receive regular mailings from Philadelphia AA/BA.
Tax deductible contributions are appreciated.
Anorexia and Bulimia
are disorders characterized by preoccupation with food, weight and shape.
Compulsive overeaters, as well as others without a full-blown eating disorder,
may also suffer some of the symptoms listed below. All may benefit from
treatment and should seek specialized care.
- Losing a significant
amount of weight.
- Continuing to diet
- Feeling fat, even
after losing weight.
- Fearing weight
- Losing monthly
- Preoccupation with
food, calories, nutrition and/or cooking.
- Preferring to diet
- Exercising compulsively.
- Bingeing and purging.
- Bingeing or eating
- Purging by strict
dieting, fasting, vigorous exercise, vomiting, abusing laxatives or
diuretics in an attempt to lose weight.
- Using bathroom
frequently after meals.
- Depression or mood
- Irregular periods.
- Developing dental
problems, swollen cheek glands, heartburn and/or bloating.
- Experiencing problems
with alcohol or drugs.
Many patients with eating disorders can make a complete recovery. Effective
care usually involves a professional team of specialists - physicians, therapist
and dietitians - who develop and coordinate specific approaches that best
suit the needs of the patient and his/her family. AA/BA's referral network
can help link patients to specialists in their own area. The following types
of treatment may be useful:
Care - to deal with physical problems such as low weight, abnormal
menstrual periods, and bloating
on Support Groups
Counseling - to develop healthier eating patterns
Family Therapy - to resolve conflicts,
build self-esteem, improve relationships [Click
here for our current Professional and Program Directory]
- to understand and manage symptoms and feelings
- to lessen bingeing, depression or obsessive thinking
- to provide safety for patients in medical danger
- to offer additional help to patients and families during treatment
Support groups for people with Anorexia or Bulimia and for their families
and friends, meet on the dates shown on the Meetings page of this website.