LET’S CONNECT DURING THE BEDA CONFERENCE WEEKEND  WHETHER YOU CAN ATTEND OR NOT! It’s the one-week countdown to BEDA/NEDA 2017 in Brooklyn, NY and I am will be there and am very excited. Advocates, researchers, and family members will be gathering to learn and share and network. As the new US Task Force Chair for F.E.A.S.T. I’m excited to help gather and introduce and get to know as many families in the community that I can!
If you are going to be in Brooklyn as part of attending the conference, or just in the area and want to meet others, please contact me! You can email me at, or leave comments on this post, or private message me. It’s the perfect way to meet oodles of passionate, smart people.
I already know some of those who will be there, including F.E.A.S.T.’s Outreach Director, Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, and of course BEDA Director, Chevese T…

"Wasting Away": a Channel 4 documentary

"Wasting Away": A Channel 4 Documentary To those who have watched, heard about, or who are discussing the Channel 4 Documentary “Wasting Away”, broadcast Thursday August 24, 10pm in the UK … … a blog post from F.E.A.S.T.'s Chair I watched the powerfully affecting documentary aired on Channel 4 last week, although I didn’t really want to; not because I don’t care about the story of Mark and his daughter Maddy and the effects of her illness on all of their family, and not because I don’t care about the others who were featured, many of whom have been failed or are failing within the scope of UK healthcare, but because I do care, very much.  And because I knew that I would be affected, my family having once been affected by an eating disorder too, and because of what I have seen of how eating disorders have affected many families over my many years of volunteering for F.E.A.S.T.
Anyway, I watched, and as expected it made me both cry a little and shout a bit at the telly - …

Thanking Lisa LaBorde

It is with both congratulations and sincere appreciation that the F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors announces that our Vice-Chair, Lisa LaBorde from Canada, is leaving the board for other commitments.
“It has been an honour being a part of the FEAST board. I am so proud of all that FEAST does, and I have no doubt the board will continue these successes in the future." LaBorde said in her recent resignation letter.
LaBorde has been a valued F.E.A.S.T. community member, volunteer, board member, Outreach Director, and most recently our Vice Chair. Her strong advocacy for fellow parents, her diplomacy, and her thoughtful problem solving have served the organization so well in the years she has been involved. We congratulate her for graduating from the responsibilities of the Board of Directors and for demonstrating our strong shared value of “Family First.” We appreciate all she has done for the community and for each of us individually as our colleague and friend. I want to also person…

Confirming the new team at F.E.A.S.T. HQ - notes from the Board

Following our first meeting of 2017, and on behalf of the Board at F.E.A.S.T., I am delighted to confirm that we have made a successful transition of the Executive Team here at F.E.A.S.T. central, and we have a "new" name among us following our most recent meeting.

Belinda Caldwell is confirmed as our Executive Director and will be joined in office by Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh taking over the reins as our new Outreach Director.  Laura needs no introduction from me here, having been a founder of F.E.A.S.T. and an active, stalwart member of the Board over a period of many years.   Needless to say, we are thrilled and excited to have her on board.

The rest of the Executive Team comprises myself as Chair, Nicki Wilson as Secretary, Siobhan McGurk as Treasurer, and Lisa LaBorde as Vice Chair.

Leah Dean has requested a leave of absence from the Board now that the new team is properly bedded in and she (finally!) has the opportunity to take a very well earned rest, and the Board…

An Accidental Advocate

Erica Husain - Outreach
Somewhat unexpectedly, I am here to introduce myself as acting Outreach Director for F.E.A.S.T.

Once upon a time, I set out to build a career in the way that I thought adults did; I chose a subject to study - law - and got myself a degree. I wasn't sure I wanted to practice law, so found a job that liked the degree, but didn't actually need it - industrial relations. Then I met and married someone whose own career took an unexpected turn and sent them to the Far East, and I went too, as what was known at the time as "a trailing spouse" - and, as career turns go, being described like a genus of ivy and denied employment opportunity is not a high spot! - I can see that now.  But then I was young, and starting a family, and it was an adventure.  And I made lifelong friends while there and, with three beautiful babies to have fun with, it was a magical time, and maybe career paths don't have to be predictable.  Seven years later, with three …

Introduction to new Executive Director - Belinda Caldwell

It is with a great sense of excitement and some trepidation that I am stepping into the role of Executive Director of F.E.A.S.T., following the footsteps of two amazing people, Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh and Leah Dean.

The trepidation arises out of the strong desire to ensure that the amazing of work of not only these two previous Executive Directors, but the F.E.A.S.T. Board, past and current volunteers and supporters have done to position F.E.A.S.T. where it is now.

The previous announcement (on our email list, blog and other social media) outlines the achievements of F.E.A.S.T. since its inception. The most important achievement in my eyes is the shift in the conversation  around families and eating disorders. Historically, families have been viewed as, at worst, contributors to their child's eating disorder and at best, somewhat benign but not critical members of the care team. The shift to seeing empowered and informed active families as central to a good outcome in eating…

Changing Guard at F.E.A.S.T. HQ

Important News Flash!There is a changing of the guard in the leadership at F.E.A.S.T.
After serving F.E.A.S.T. for many years, Leah Dean (Executive Director) and Lisa La Borde (Outreach Director) will pass the baton to a new team.Both Leah and Lisa will continue to play roles for F.E.A.S.T. as valued and experienced Board members, but both are able to take a well-earned breather from day to day management after all their sterling efforts to date (see more below).They are owed a huge debt of gratitude by everyone who has had any dealings with F.E.A.S.T., in whatever capacity, these last few years.Thank you, to both of you, for all that you have managed so competently, courageously and courteously!
Leah and Lisa have been a perfect “double act”, and Leah has also been generously offering her time, as support and safety net, while a new duo step up to the plate together next month.
From November 1, Belinda Caldwell will step into the Executive Director role as F.E.A.S.T begins this next tra…