ALL SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS HELD MONTHLY AT THE BELMONT CENTER
4200 Monument Ave Philadelphia PA 19131 215- 877- 2000

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  If you have an eating disorder:
  • You feel all alone - no one cares or understands;
  • You are confused with what is going on;
  • You want to find help;
  • You need support along with your therapy.
There is a support group for you. If you are a family member or loved one:
  • 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.
There is a support group for you. What Do We Offer ?
  • 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 for schools.
Participation
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.

Recognition

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.

Anorexia Danger Signals

  • Losing a significant amount of weight.
  • Continuing to diet (although thin).
  • Feeling fat, even after losing weight.
  • Fearing weight gain.
  • Losing monthly menstrual cycle.
  • Preoccupation with food, calories, nutrition and/or cooking.
  • Preferring to diet in isolation.
  • Exercising compulsively.
  • Bingeing and purging.
Bulimia Danger Signals
  • Bingeing or eating uncontrollably.
  • 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 swings.
  • Irregular periods.
  • Developing dental problems, swollen cheek glands, heartburn and/or bloating.
  • Experiencing problems with alcohol or drugs.
Treatment
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:
Medical Care - to deal with physical problems such as low weight, abnormal menstrual periods, and bloating
Nutritional Counseling - to develop healthier eating patterns

Individual and Family Therapy - to resolve conflicts, build self-esteem, improve relationships [Click here for our current Professional and Program Directory]

Group Therapy - to understand and manage symptoms and feelings

Medication - to lessen bingeing, depression or obsessive thinking

Hospitalization - to provide safety for patients in medical danger

Support Groups - to offer additional help to patients and families during treatment

Information on Support Groups
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.