Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders
F.E.A.S.T. serves families and caregivers of people with eating disorder by providing basic information about how it presents and supportive resources. There is an extensive & active online forum, as well as links to blogs written by current sufferers, those in recovery, family members, and medical professionals. This site is recommended as a good starting place to begin learning about and how to help your loved ones with eating disorders, but other sites are necessary to learn about specific eating disorders.
Information is scattered over many sections and subsections, brochures & fact sheets, and multimedia presentations making it difficult to get a complete overall picture. Specific information can sometimes be found with the search function.
Contrasting colors and small font make the page visually unappealing. The unused space on each side of the page is distracting.
The information is intended to help family & caretakers of people with eating disorders (ED) understand ED, but it falls short. The onsite information is very basic and only occasionally accompanied by related articles and research. Family Guide Booklets, brochures, & fact sheets augment the onsite information, but are also unreferenced. Overall the information is undermined by this paucity of scientific references. Despite this, there is enough content for family & friends to begin helping their loved ones with an eating disorder.
The credibility of information available through this site is quite variable. Family Guide Booklets have the most authority by showing editor names and publishing dates. Brochures & fact sheets also have publication dates (most more than 3 years ago), but only some cite authors. The onsite informational content is the most compromised due to a lack of credited authors and posting dates. Users will find that blogs, press releases, and other social media posts cite authors are being added regularly.
Content is written clearly and concisely, approaching this stigmatized topic with openness rather than judgment
Numerous articles and multimedia materials that lead users through basic information about eating disorders, including causes, warning signs, treatment & treatment resistance, and recovery
Many downloadable brochures & fact sheets
Information is scattered making it difficult to get a complete overall picture
Much of the content may be outdated since there is no indication that topics are regularly reviewed
Sponsors / Affiliations:
F.E.A.S.T., an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in 2009
Blog, news coverage, FAQs, videos, related articles, patient stories & interviews, support services, downloadable fact sheets, advocacy, additional reading list, online store for recipe books