F.E.A.S.T's Around The Dinner Table forum

Welcome to F.E.A.S.T's Around The Dinner Table forum. This is a free service provided for parents of those suffering from eating disorders. It is moderated by kind, experienced, parent caregivers trained to guide you in how to use the forum and how to find resources to help you support your family member. This forum is for parents of patients with all eating disorder diagnoses, all ages, around the world.

Join these conversations already in progress:
• Road To Recovery - Stories of Hope
• Events for Parents and Caregivers Around the World
• Free F.E.A.S.T Conference Videos

Visit the F.E.A.S.T website for information and support.

If you need help using the forum please reach out to one of the moderators (listed below), or email us at bronwen@feast-ed.org.

Need to talk with another parent? F.E.A.S.T. parents offer peer support via:

Tickled to share the news that TODAY is the day that the Newman's Own Challenge begins and we're going to need every one of you to help. We know money is tight, but F.E.A.S.T. does not take donations or sponsorships from treatment providers (which is usually how ED advocacy is funded) because we never want parents to feel marketed to or influenced by corporate concerns.

That means we need donations from families just like you, and me, to keep this site and our services going. Every little bit counts. And this Challenge puts us into eligibility for prizes from Newman's Own, so we need your boosts to help us WIN. And we want, in this holiday season, for you to reach out not just to other parents with the same issues but tell friends and family and colleagues and community members.

You can donate, and you can create a team to gather donations, and you can spread the word on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

This is how WE help YOU, my friends.

And please, please, check out the videos of parents around the world just like you about F.E.A.S.T. being there for them in hard times. Including me!

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Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh
F.E.A.S.T. Executive Director
Dear Laura,

Thanks for the work you did to start off F.E.A.S.T & ATDT. Lets hope there are many here on this forum and many who have passed thtough here that can spare a few $$$ to help the good work keep happening.
ED Dad

Thank you to every member of this message board who participates and shares their knowledge, experience and kindness in order to help families and our loved ones suffering from eating disorders. Thank you to the Board Members of FEAST, for the advocacy work you do, to Laura Collins for starting this message board and to the moderators past and present, for your helping hands.

We are all FEAST and ATDT. We have the opportunity to show our support with a donation. I know that especially here in the US we are all stressed because of the terrible financial burden of these disorders, but anything that you can contribute will be of help to further the very necessary advocacy and parent education work.

I thank all of you for helping me be brave enough to do what I needed to do during the terrible crisis when my daughter was critically ill, and what I still need to do to help my daughter. You have all given me strength and confidence to create firm boundaries and to try and be the very best support I can possibly be, so that my daughter eats well and we were able to handle the many stressors at home and as we move ahead. FEAST supplied the evidence based information so that we could make informed decisions about treatment and find what I considered to be the best treatment available for her. Reading your stories and listening to your invaluable advice have made an unbearable situation bearable for me, as well as helping my daughter be able to move ahead in her life.

Please join me in showing financial support for a service which benefits so many families. 


Gratefully yours, 



I couldn't have said it better myself, Kali.

I echo the thanks to all to keep the forum going as well as to all those who post and make this the thriving, supportive community that has gotten us all through the darkest of times. I am totally sure that my son would not be as well as he is here without the help and support I got here.

I made a donation yesterday to say thank you, thank you, thank you.

Warm wishes,

2015 12yo son restricting but no body image issues, no fat phobia; lost weight IP! Oct 2015 home, no progress. Medical hosp to kick start recovery Feb 2016. Slowly gaining at home, seeing signs of our real kid.

May 2017 Hovering around WR. Mood great, mostly. Summer 2017 Happy, first trip away in years, food variety, begin socialising. Sept 2017, back to school FT first time in 2 years. 2018 growing so fast hard to keep pace with weight. 2020 Off to university, healthy and happy.
  • Swedish proverb: Love me when I least deserve it because that's when I need it most.
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence Recovery, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle.
  • If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal.
  • We cannot control the wind but we can direct the sail.
I thank God for you (and Charlotte) and this ATDT forum every single day.
Son diagnosed @ 12.5 yrs old with Severe RAN 2/11. Co-morbids - anxiety, Active restriction for 3 months. He stopped eating completely 2x. He needed immediate, aggressive treatment from a provider who specialized in eating disorders, adolescents and males. We got that at Kartini Clinic. WR since 5/11. 2017 getting ready to graduate slipping lost 8lbs. Fighting our way back.