A drive for data, help for families

Step one: get data. Step two: get data out to users. Step three: get more data.

Two new research studies recently added to the F.E.A.S.T. site:

Stanford University
Parents Act Now- Anorexia Prevention

The Program: PAN is an online program for parents who are concerned about their daughter’s relationship with food and her body. Each week, participating parents will log onto the program which will teach you about warning signs of anorexia, the thoughts and cognitions that occur during Anorexia, how to intervene, and how to support healthy eating and exercise behaviors. The program includes video clips, advice from expert Psychiatrists, an online discussion group, quizzes with automatic feedback, and journaling opportunities, as well as educational information.

Contact: If you are interested in learning more about this study, or signing up, please contact the research coordinator: Hannah Osier at hannah.osier@stanford.edu

University of Sydney
Free Outpatient Treatment for Longstanding Anorexia Nervosa (30 individual sessions over 6 months)

The University of Sydney (in conjunction with the University of London and University of Chicago) is conducting a treatment program for females over the age of 18 who have had anorexia nervosa for more than seven years (even if there have been periods of recovery). It aims to determine which of two currently available psychological treatments have the best outcome for people with longstanding anorexia nervosa.
If you would like more information about the program, or if you are interested in taking part, please contact Rebecca Smith (Project Coordinator) at the University of Sydney
Tel: 02 9351 7329 Email: rebeccas@psych.usyd.edu.au


  1. Wow! Finally dealing with what counts absolutely most...prevention. I would have given anything for this information. I knew she was slipping for a long time and I didn't know what to do that was effective.

  2. And I think the Syndey study is fantastic- I wish I were closer (you know, just half a world a way, not that far...) so I could participate.

  3. Laura-I was one of the parents that gave feedback in the development of the Stanford Anorexia on-line prevention program. I was so impressed that they reached out to parents who had been thru this and asked what would be helpful . One piece of feedback I gave the researchers was to consider calling it Parents Act Now-Anorexia Prevention and early intervention. It really is a guide on how to intervene early in the disease-and I would not want parents to feel that if their child developed the diseases that they could or should have been able to totally prevent it. Do you have any connection with this researcher--should I try writing her again?


  4. Sarah, how cool that you named it! Contact Hannah - her email is above. She works with Dr. Lock.

  5. Too bad it is all the way across the world. I'd look into it if it was here.


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