Aubrey’s Song Foundation conference set for May 1

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Aubrey’s Song Foundation 2015 Eating Disorders Conference, Beyond the Conventional: A Values-Based Approach to Eating Disorders, will be May 1 in Henderson, Ky. The conference will be from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at Henderson Community College. Five CEUs are available for psychology, social work, professional counselors, marriage/family, drug addictions, and registered dietitians. Registration is $40 before April 15 and $50 after. Download a registration form here.

The conference is sponsored by ANAD, Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital, and RiverValley Behavioral Health.

Call for performers for second annual Bandstand Benefit

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

banstand performs 2015ANAD is looking for volunteer performers to showcase their talents with the theme Recovery Rocks for our second annual Bandstand Benefit. If you play an instrument, sing, dance, read poetry, do magic or have another talent, submit a video clip to be considered to by May 15. Be sure to include your name and age. Performers will be notified if they have been selected by June 1.

The Bandstand Benefit will be from 7-11 p.m. July 25 at the Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

All proceeds will benefit ANAD’s mission of advocating for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors.

ANAD seeks Junior Board members

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

ANAD is seeking members for its volunteer Junior Board. ANAD’s Junior Board consists of individuals (age 18-35) who have graduated from high school and are committed to eating disorder advocacy, awareness, fundraising and outreach. Being on ANAD’s Junior Board gives you the opportunity to create professional relationships and network within the community.

Eating disorders are dangerous and further attentiveness is needed in our society. You can be a part of raising and encouraging recovery by becoming a member and sharing your thoughts, ideas, and beliefs.

Becoming a member of ANAD’s Junior Board not only encourages you to accept yourself… It inspires you to accept others.


  • 18-35 year of age and a high school graduate
  • Complete application and interview process
  • Membership fee $100 if employed/$50 for students
  • Attendance and participation of regularly scheduled meeting either in person or via telephone. Meetings are held every other month, however, committee meetings will be on as needed basis.
  • Preferably located in Chicago area but will consider applicants in other areas.
  • Desire to participate in the JB volunteer events and fundraisers and will actively encourage the support of family, friends and colleagues as well.
  • Commitment to serve on the board for one year.
  • As an ambassador for ANAD, will strive to positively represent the organization in the best possible ways.

In return, ANAD promises to:

  • Provide members the opportunity for meaningful and rewarding service to our mission and our community.
  • Provide members the opportunity for significant professional development and social networking.
  • Provide members with information and tools to help them be effective members.
  • Be diligent in making the best possible use of assets members make available to us, whether those assets be money, time or resources.


** ANAD strives to encourage the continued recovery of those who have suffered from an eating disorder and therefore asks that if you are in recovery, you have at least one year of recovery before joining the Junior Board.**


Download an application form here. For more information, e-mail or call 630-577-1330.

BEDA conference call for speakers

Monday, January 19th, 2015

BEDA is opening the call for speakers for the 2015 conference, to be held Nov. 5-7 in Hollywood, Fla. beda conferenceFor more information, go to

Give A Hand for Giving Tuesday

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, and now Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday was started as a global way for people to give back and celebrate generosity. Each year, nonprofits ask supporters to come together and make a difference. For this year’s Giving Tuesday, which is Dec. 2, ANAD asks you to Give A Hand.

There are many ways you can Give A Hand. You can give a gift of money, time, or talent. giveahand2For example, you could start a support group, become an ANAD resource person, hold a fundraiser, or participate in Eating Disorder Awareness Week. When you Give A Hand, you will be contributing to our mission of promoting healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors. You will be helping to maintain our support groups, helpline and e-mail service, and education and advocacy efforts.

Once you’ve decided what you can give, you can help us spread the word about the campaign by writing #GiveAHand or #ANAD on your hand. Then take a picture and send it to us. Make it a social event by challenging your friends to get involved! Take turns snapping each other’s pictures and post them to social networks. Use the hashtag #GiveAHand and tag us so we can share the pictures with our followers.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 by the end of 2014, starting with our Giving Tuesday campaign. But you can still donate if you miss that date. Year-end giving is crucial to ANAD because it allows us to make plans for 2015. It allows us to keep offering our programs and giveahand4services free to people in need—people like Kathy, who reached out to ANAD when she was struggling with an eating disorder. Kathy credits ANAD with being recovered for five years and now wants to pay it forward by becoming an ANAD resource person.

Please make your tax-deductible gift today. No contribution is too small. It all adds up to let us keep offering free support groups, school presentations, and treatment referrals to people in desperate need. Please be as generous as you can. Here are the thank-you gifts you will receive for your donation:

$1-49: ANAD awareness ribbon
$50-74: “Accept Yourself, Accept Others” or “Wellness, not Weight” silicone bracelet
$75-149: ANAD supporter cling
$150-349: “Accept Yourself, Accept Others” Fodeez photo frame
$350+: ANAD T-Shirt

Thank you for everything you have done to help make us successful.  We deeply appreciate your support!

ANAD Bandstand Benefit Auction

Friday, August 8th, 2014

All users who bid on and/or win the lot being offered by ANAD shall be subject to the following terms of use, which bidder agrees to as a condition to such participation in the ANAD auction. The lot consists of a banana cream 2014 Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q hobo bag, two ANAD T-shirts, two ANAD Fodeez photo frames, and two ANAD bracelets. ANAD reserves the right, in its discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these terms at any time. Please check these terms periodically for changes.

  1. PARTICIPATION RULES AND GUIDELINES. All bidders must be at least 18 years of age or older and have an e-mail address, a valid credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover) and a U.S. shipping address. ANAD is unable to ship outside of the United States.
  2. BIDDING. Bidding will take place via e-mail. Bids must be sent to Only increments of $50 will be accepted. Bidding opens at 5 p.m. CDT Aug. 8 and closes at 10 p.m. CDT Aug. 22. Updates will be posted on and Facebook. The winner will be announced at the ANAD Bandstand Benefit and notified via e-mail.
  3. PACKING AND SHIPPING. ANAD will arrange for the packing and handling of the lot by a carrier and/or packer of our choosing, and will insure the item against loss or damage.
  4. PAYMENT. All sales are final and payment of the full purchase price of the lot shall be made to ANAD within two days of the close of the auction for the lot. Payment will not be deemed to have been made and shipment will not be initiated until ANAD has collected good funds.
  5. TAX DEDUCTION. Bidders are able to claim a tax deduction for only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the lot.
  6. SALES ARE FINAL. All sales are final and all merchandise is provided as is. Items are new unless otherwise noted. There are NO refunds, as the fee collected is a donation to a charity.
  7. BUYER’S FAILURE. If any conditions of this agreement are not complied with in a timely manner by the buyer (including without limitation a buyer’s failure to pay for a purchase in good funds within two days), ANAD may, at its option, cancel the sale and re-offer the lot, sell it to a lower bidder or sell it privately.
  8. RESERVE PRICE. The lot for sale is subject to a reserve, which is the confidential minimum price established by ANAD below which the lot will not be sold. The lot will be withdrawn from sale if no bid or offer equal to or above the confidential reserve for the item is received during the sale period.
  9. MISCELLANEOUS. Final determination as to winning bids shall be made by ANAD at ANAD’s sole discretion. If any dispute arises AFTER the sale, ANAD’s records will be conclusive. We reserve the right to reject any bids, to alter closing times, or to remove from sale or re-offer for sale the lot if it fails to draw bids above the confidential reserve.

ANAD to host Bandstand Benefit at Elbo Room

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Naperville, IL — Aug. 5 — The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) will host the ANAD Bandstand Benefit at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The concert will feature live music and slam poetry.


anad_bandstand_posterA 2014 Marc by Marc Jacobs bag will be up for auction, and there will be a raffle with prizes from the Shedd Aquarium, Wines for Humanity, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, and more.


Tickets are $10. They are available at the door, in advance by calling 630-577-1333, or by visiting You must be 21 or older to attend the event.


All proceeds will benefit ANAD’s mission of advocating for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors. ANAD promotes eating disorder awareness, prevention, and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families, and professionals. ANAD’s school outreach program has helped educators address eating disorders as well as empowered students with knowledge about body image and wellness.

For more information, call 630-577-1333.

ANAD welcomes Junior Board

Monday, June 30th, 2014

ANAD is thrilled to introduce the charter members of our Junior Board of Directors. We are fortunate to have their expertise, leadership and passion advocating on behalf of our mission to prevent and raise awareness about eating disorders. Watch for their contributions on social media and our blog as they share their stories and inspire all of us to accept ourselves and accept others.

Mallory Faye began speaking at middle schools around Illinois at 16, when she learned how much she loved sharing her story of loss and gain from her struggles with anorexia and bulimia. In 2012, Faye co-wrote the song “Something to Live For,” and has traveled nationwide to perform her single and speak about her story. Based in Chicago, Faye works closely with ANAD. She wrote a book, “Be FreED,” on her recovery to instill hope for the struggling.

Ashley Gilday has been a resource person and school presenter with ANAD since 2006. She grew up in Naperville and now lives in Chicago with her husband and a kitty, Maya. Gilday is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and educating people about food and wellness. Gilday works full time as a business development manager at Daiya Foods. In her spare time, Gilday writes for online publications and creates content for her blog.

Ashley Ice is a student at Aurora University, studying for an MSW degree. Her intended specialization is in the field of eating disorders. Additionally, Ice has accepted a position as a counselor at Center for Discovery, an eating disorder residential treatment center. She has completed a recent internship at ANAD and is now co-leading ANAD support groups for ED recovery.

Samantha Maciaga is a graduate of Benedictine University with a B.A. in psychology and has recently started earning an M.A. in counseling psychology at Trinity Christian College. While an undergraduate student, Maciaga was admitted into inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa. She fully recovered due to the excellent care she received along with her faith and the support of family. She recently accepted a job at Timberline Knolls as a behavioral health specialist. She has a husband, Derek.

Laura Nebor is a student at Illinois State University studying elementary education. She has seen the effects that eating disorders can have on high school and college students and wants to help promote a healthy mind and body lifestyle for her peers. Nebor has brought ANAD to ISU by leading a support group on campus. Nebor’s goal is to spread ANAD to other universities across the country in the hopes that students will learn to love and accept their bodies.

Patrick Noonan is a fourth-year undergraduate psychology student at North Central College. He is working on a research project for the Rall Symposium in which he is analyzing depression and its correlation with the occurrence of dieting and binge-eating behaviors among undergraduate students of various ethnicities. He interned as a member of the crisis-line team at the National Runaway Safeline in 2013. This coming term, Noonan will become a member of an organization focused on mental health advocacy and stigma reduction.

Annie Parks recently graduated with her Master of Library and Information Science degree. She has lived in the western suburbs most of her life and is married with a cat, Spartacus. She’s a fiercely loyal friend who loves learning, art, and language. Some of her interests include reading, sewing/quilting, watching Blackhawks hockey, and learning Korean. She looks forward to life and living without shrinking from what comes, good and bad.

Kaitlyn Pasquinelli graduated in May with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Illinois Chicago. She plans to work with professional dancers, which she was formerly on track to become before choosing graduate studies, or in neurological rehabilitation, where she has experience working with individuals with stroke or spinal cord injuries with locomotor rehabilitation. She would like to make a difference for people with eating disorders and contribute to education, research, and support.

Allison Riggio is the research director at Crain’s Chicago Business. She received her B.A. in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and began her career with Crain’s shortly after graduating. She oversees a staff of three and manages the production of data features published annually. Riggio recently began taking classes in the Master of Social Work program at Loyola University. She lives in Chicago with her boyfriend, John, and their two cats, Racine and Rosemary.

Stephanie Schmidt is a student at Marquette University. She aspires to be a nurse so that she can help others the way nurses in the hospital helped her when she had an eating disorder. She likes to run and make collages in her spare time. She wants to educate and raise awareness on her campus about how serious eating disorders are. She is excited to be a part of the board.

Alison Smela is in long-term recovery from alcohol and an eating disorder after living for over three decades struggling with both. She has contributed to magazine articles and co-hosts webinars on the subject of recovery later in life. She serves on the board of MentorCONNECT, the first global nonprofit online eating disorder mentoring community; has a forthcoming book, “Stop. Breathe. Recover”; and maintains a blog, “Alison’s Insights.” She lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband, Matthew.

Zach Stafford is a writer and activist who lives in Chicago. He is a columnist at RedEye and co-edits the BOYS anthology series, which showcases the diverse and powerful stories of queer men all around the world. Stafford is the community outreach coordinator for the Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention and Division of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He obtained his B.A. in women’s and gender studies from DePaul University.

ANAD stands with AED to oppose BMI in schools

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

ANAD supports the Academy for Eating Disorders’ recent statement about the New York Department of Education’s use of BMI and Fitnessgrams in schools. This practice is common across the United States, not limited to New York. ANAD has long opposed using BMI to measure health. Instead, an approach that emphasizes wellness, not weight, would benefit students and communities.

Your Voice is Needed Today!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014




Dear EDC Advocate,

Today you can make a significant difference with just a few moments of your time.


Here’s the why and how: 
Seth Matlins, a father of two children ages 7 and 8, saw the negative impacts that deceitful advertisements were having on his children and he and his wife decided to do something about it.  As fate would have it, EDC Board Member Dr. Jaye Azoff is friends with Seth, so she connected him to the EDC.  Seth and the EDC worked with Members of Congress to introduce the Truth In Advertising Act (H.R. 4341) a bipartisan bill that instructs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report on recommendations for a regulatory framework for advertising that uses post-production techniques, such as “Photoshop,” to materially change the faces and bodies of people within the advertisements.  Now, with your help, the rest can quickly become history!

In order to get this pioneering piece of legislation passed, we encourage you to use your voice by signing your name to Seth’s petition on Then, multiply your advocacy efforts and share the petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook and Twitter.  When you’re spreading the word on social media, use #TruthInAds

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
 - Robert F Kennedy

Thank you for using your voice to make a difference!   ~ All of us at the EDC