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EDRC Volunteer Wins Junior League Crystal Bowl Award

EDRC volunteer, Debra Schlesinger, was honored at this year's Volunteer Recognition Luncheon hosted by the Junior League of San Jose. An event to promote voluntarism and recognize the efforts of individuals who have devoted their time and skills to improving the lives of others, Debra was among 11 Crystal Bowl Winners who were honored for their work in the community. 

Debra is also the founder of Facebook group, Mothers Against Eating Disorders (MAED), and they will be joining other Eating Disorder awareness and advocacy groups in the first ever Mothers and Others March (M.O.M) on September 30th in Washington D.C. to advocate in the Fight Against Eating Disorders. 
Click here to watch a video made to honor Debra Schlesinger's story and her work.
Marika Sykora (JLSJ President), Jennifer Forschler (VRL Co-Chair), Debra Schlesinger (EDRC),
Lauren Ardigo (VRL Co-Chair), Laura Garcia Cannon (NBC)


Genetics & Eating Disorders

Anorexia nervosa remains one of the most lethal and difficult mental illnesses to treat. Continued efforts are being made in the research community to gain a greater understanding of the genetics behind anorexia, its causes, and how it can be treated. Below are articles on current efforts being made in the research behind anorexia and its genetic components.

The Genetics Buzz on Anorexia Nervosa
"Anorexia nervosa, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression are all engaged in efforts that span the globe to amass sample sizes that will allow us to decode the genetics of these devastating illnesses."

University of North Carolina (UNC) Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders Launches Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) Study
"ANGI is an international research effort, with research teams at UNC and in Denmark, Sweden, and Australia working together to unlocking the mystery of anorexia nervosa...The goal of ANGI is to determine the genes that influence the risk of anorexia."

Anorexia: Decoding the Gene Search
"From decades of research, we know genes influence a person's risk for anorexia. Now, there's a global effort to identify those genes that cause eating disorders, and it could save countless lives."


Prevention Study for Mothers with Eating Disorders 

The Eating Disorders Research Program at Stanford University has launched a new prevention study for mothers with histories of eating disorders and their children. The study is designed to support these mothers in establishing healthy feeding and eating habits in their young children and reduce the risk of future eating problems. Participation in this program is free of charge and can be done in conjunction with another (individual or other) therapy.
Eligible participants are women with a history of an eating disorder (may be past or current) who have children between 1-5 years of age. For more information, contact Dr. Shiri Sadeh-Sharvitat (650) 497-4949 or

Our Community

"My daughter was diagnosed with an eating disorder five years ago. As a parent, I just didn't see it. I didn't understand and I didn't know how we would treat it. EDRC was so helpful giving me books, information about different programs and insights into my daughter's mindset. They recommended group sessions and helped me vet treatment programs. It was a long ordeal and my daughter was in the hospital several times. But thanks to EDRC, we found a great program in the Bay Area and our daughter and our family are finally on the road to recovery."  
- Grateful Mother

"As a former mental health nurse, I was surprised to find out and learned that anorexia is the most lethal of any psychiatric illness." 
- Ryan Pagala, RN, Santa Clara Public County Health Nurse

"We are proud to support the Eating Disorders Resource Center Education, Prevention and Recovery Program. Our investment in your organization does not  stop here. We believe in layering impact with our people too. As a grant recipient your organization will be added to our matching gifts program.  This means that Cisco employee volunteers’ time and donations to EDRC will be matched by Cisco Foundation.
Peter Tavernise, Executive Director, 

In The News

California Court of Appeals Orders Necessary Mental Health Treatment to Be Covered by Insurers 
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a statement on June 11, 2014 stating Blue Shield must provide medically necessary treatment for those suffering from severe mental illnesses. 

Cover Residential Care for Eating Disorders, Court tells Plans
"Health plans in California must provide insurance to cover residential-care treatment for people with anorexia and bulimia, a state appeals court has ruled."

Every Body's Beautiful Contest Winners

The winners of this year's Every Body's Beautiful Essay Contest have been announced! Click here to read their winning entries!

Front Row: Denise Johnson (EDRC Board member), Maram Othman, Tina Nguyen, Kristen Lohse (EDRC Program Manager) 
Back Row: Kristen Pizzo, Kyle Uy


Elaine Chen



Andrew Tran


Volunteer Spotlight

Debi Bingham, Board Treasurer, has volunteered with EDRC since its founding in 2006. She has been a key figure in EDRC's inception due to the work she has done alongside EDRC's Executive Director. Currently, Debi is a Development and Marketing Communications Associate with Peninsula Volunteers, a non-profit in Menlo Park. Debi joined our Board of Directors in 2012 and now serves as our Treasurer.

She says, "I believe in the mission of EDRC and I am happy to play a part in the continuing growth of the organization so it may reach as many individuals and their families as possible. I experienced an eating disorder in college and know the importance of identifying and addressing this serious illness."

Upcoming Events

M.O.M (Mothers & Others March)
Washington D.C.
Tuesday, September 30


Support Groups

For all information regarding our support groups, please visit our website here.

Mountain View Support Group
1st & 3rd Saturdays
9:30AM - 11:00 AM

Los Gatos Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesdays
7:00PM - 8:30PM

Palo Alto Support Group
Every Thursday
6:30PM - 8:00PM
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