~ Eating disorders are biologically based mental illnesses and are fully treatable with a combination of nutritional, medical, and therapeutic supports.
~ Parents do not cause eating disorders, and patients do not choose eating disorders.
~ Parents and caregivers are a powerful tool for a loved one's recovery from eating disorder.
~ Blaming and marginalizing parents in the eating disorder treatment process causes harm and suffering.
~ When available, patients should receive evidence-based treatment.
~ Families should be supported in seeking the most appropriate treatment in the least restrictive environment possible.
~ Food is medicine: all treatment should include urgent and ongoing nutritional rehabilitation.
~ When the family is supported, the patient is supported. Siblings and all family members are ~ affected by a family member's illness, and deserve full attention to their needs.
~ Parents have unique abilities to offer other parents support, information, and the wisdom of experience.