Eating disorder resources for children, youth and families

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An eating disorder is a type of mental illness that involves unhealthy thoughts and behaviours towards food, weight and body shape. An eating disorder is more than just about food. It is a complex condition and requires treatment by a health care professional.

Looking for other support options and information? Check out our Child & Youth Mental Health and Substance Use section to find services, resources and more for support with mental health and substance use. 

Featured resources


Kelty Mental Health Eating Disorders

Connects people to resources and information for every stage of the eating disorder journey. Parent peer support is available through the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre for parents and caregivers of children and youth up to age 24.

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Jessie's Legacy

A program of Family Services of the North Shore, provides eating disorders prevention education, resources and support for BC youth, families, educators and professionals.

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Podcast: How Parents Can Play an Active Role in Recovery

A conversation on how to support your child at home, managing meal times, what to do if your child refuses help, tips about how parents can play an active role in your child’s recovery, which treatments really work, and resources to support parents and caregivers.

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Looking Glass Foundation

Support individuals affected by eating disorders and disordered eating.

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More eating disorder resources

    • Understand Eating Disorders in Adolescence

      For parents and caregivers of youth with an eating disorder, including 6 modules of educational materials to increase your understanding of eating disorders.

    • Parents Survive to Thrive Guide

      Written by parents with lived experience supporting a child with an eating disorder.

    • Eating Disorder Meal Support: Helpful Approaches for Families

      Video series: Eating Disorder Meal Support: Helpful Approaches for Families

    • National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)

      NEDIC provides information, resources, referrals and support to anyone in Canada affected by an eating disorder.

    • Mental Health Foundations

Find information on services available for mental health and substance use for children and youth.