Eating Recovery Center Awarded ANAD Inclusive Care Seal of Approval
Eating Recovery Center is excited to announce that it has been awarded the Inclusive Care Seal of Approval by ANAD (The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders). This award symbolizes that ERC meets “the majority of [their] criteria for inclusive care and [demonstrates] a commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.”
ANAD announced its Inclusive Care Initiative on Monday, January 25, 2021, which promotes “inclusive eating disorder care for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, people in larger bodies, and people with disabilities.” Since eating disorders don’t discriminate against ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or body size, the need for a supportive initiative for those suffering from an eating disorder is more important now than ever before, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Included in ANAD’s Initiative is the organization’s Inclusive Care Guide that features research on the BIPOC community. ANAD states that, “Black teenagers are 50% more likely than white teenagers to exhibit bulimic behavior, such as binging and purging” . The research also indicates that Hispanic people and Asian Americans may also be more likely to suffer from eating disorder behaviors than their Caucasian peers.
The report also examined eating disorder behaviors found in the LGBTQ+ community, showing that compared to heterosexual men, “Gay men are seven times more likely to report binging and twelve times more likely to report purging” . This Guide also offers statistics on others living in marginalized bodies, including those with disabilities and people living in larger bodies.
"ERC's commitment to inclusiveness has allowed people like me to feel like they are not alone and has opened the door to recovery for so many who have felt left behind for so long. I'm so grateful for my role as Eating Recovery Center National Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Advocate," says Kara Richardson Whitely. "This has allowed me to build compassion and understanding about the experience of people in larger bodies and binge eating disorder, the most common and least talked about eating disorder."
ANAD’s Inclusive Care Initiative provides a framework that includes guidelines for treatment centers, educational resources and ways to ensure a more inclusive approach to eating disorder treatment.
ERC is honored to be awarded the Inclusive Care Seal and continues to be committed to ensuring that people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation and body sizes receive support and inclusive treatment options for their eating disorder.
 ANAD Inclusive Care Guide (2021). https://anad.org/inclusive-care-guide/