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WHAT: F.E.A.S.T’S NEW US TASK FORCE CHAIR WANTS TO MEET YOU AT BEDA/NEDA WHERE: BROOKLYN, NOV 2-4 WHO: PARENTS/CARERS 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 [email protected], 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 co

"Wasting Away": a Channel 4 documentary

"Wasting Away": A Channel 4 Documentary Mark and Maddy Austin. Photograph: David Hogan/Channel 4 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 a

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 pe

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