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Educating Congress

The Eating Disorders Coalition educates Members of Congress through various means. We meet directly with Members and staff and typically visit every Congressional office once a year. We talk with Representatives about the policies we are promoting and urge them to use their legislative authority to support policy solutions.

Our Talking Points

The EDC provides Congressional representatives with “talking points” to explain why we need specific policy solutions. Our talking points provide clear rationale, both in terms of data and trends, which underscore the need for policies that will benefit those suffering from eating disorders, their families, researchers and clinicians. Examples of our talking points are linked below:

The Truth in Advertising Act of 2014 (H.R. 4341)
The Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED) Act of 2013 (H.R. 2101)
The Eating Disorders Awareness, Prevention, and Education Act
The IMPACT Act (Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act)
Oppose Mandatory BMI Testing in Schools
Challenge Anti-obesity Initiatives
Influence the Implementation of the Affordability Care Act (ACA)
PASSED: Mental Health Parity Bill

Educating Congress Through Congressional Briefings

Congressional briefings are presentations that we conduct throughout the year at the U.S. Capital in order to offer education about eating disorders. Working with sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate, we determine a theme and work with speakers to create a concise, informative program for members of Congress and their legislative aides. At briefings, elected officials and their aides ask questions, offer their perspectives, and get to know members of the eating disorders community.


Waiting on CURES: The Role of Health Professionals in Early Detection of Eating Disorders
November 1, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Russell Senate Office Building, Rm. 485
Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP to manager@eatingdisorderscoalition.org


Early Detection of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Congressional Briefing: September 26, 2016

Saving Lives Through the Three T's: Training, Treatment & Truth in Advertising
Congressional Briefing: May 13, 2015

Moms Impacted By Eating Disorders: Untold Stories Too Long Untold
Congressional Briefing: October 1, 2014

Photoshopping, Weight Stigma and Eating Disorders: What They Have in Common and Why They Matter
Congressional Briefing: July 24, 2014

Truth in Advertising: The FTC's Role in Protecting Consumers from Photoshopped Ads
Congressional Briefing: April 3, 2014

Fear of Fat & Weight Stigma: The Intersection of Obesity & Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: September 18, 2013

The Promise of Mental Health Parity and the Affordable Care Act for the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Fact or Fiction?
Congressional Briefing: April 17, 2013

10% is Unacceptable
Congressional Briefing: November 29, 2012

The Faces of Eating Disorders: Will the Person with an Eating Disorder Please Stand Up
Congressional Briefing: April 24, 2012

The Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act: The Benefits of Access to Care, Appropriate Treatment, and Increased Research and Education
Congressional Briefing: October 4, 2011

Addressing Eating Disorders through the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act
Congressional Briefing: April 12, 2011

The Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act: How Congress Will Save Lives By Passing this Bill
Congressional Briefing; September 30, 2010

Eating Disorders Treatment 10 Years Later: How many more must die?
Congressional Briefing: April 27, 2010

Health Care, Insurance Coverage and Eating Disorders: Why We Need Reform and the FREED Act Now
Congressional Briefing: September 24, 2009

A Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: April 2, 2009

America The Beautiful: How America's Obsession with Beauty Contributes to Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: September 10, 2008

The Freed Act:  A Federal Response To Eliminate Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: April 10, 2008

Eating Disorders: Fighting Stigma with Science
Congressional Briefing: February 27, 2008

Researchers Respond! Effective Treatment of Eating Disorders 
Congressional Briefing: April 26, 2006

Schools, Students, Obesity and Eating Disorders
Senate Briefing: June 29, 2005

Adequate Treatment and Costs for Eating Disorders
Senate Briefing: April 14, 2004

American Realities: The Changing Face of Eating Disorders
Senate Briefing: December 2, 2003

Eating Disorders Treatments: Rarely Covered Health Care
Congressional Briefing: July 15, 2003

When Kids Can’t Concentrate: How Eating Disorders Impact Our Children’s Education
Congressional Briefing: February 26, 2003

How Many Must Die Before We Help? Eating Disorders Prevention & the Role of Congress
Senate Briefing: June 27, 2002

A Matter of Life or Death: A Congressional Briefing on Eating Disorders and Access to Care
Congressional Briefing: June 13, 2002

Not Just a Passing Phase: The Truth about Children and Eating Disorders
Congressional Briefing: July 24, 2001

The Dangers of Eating Disorders and the Need for Health Care Reform
Congressional Briefing: April 24, 2001

Fighting for Treatment, Fighting for Life: Eating Disorders and Access to Care
Congressional Briefing: September 2000

Participating in Lobby Day with the EDC is a life impacting experience. Walking the halls of Congress and meeting with policy makers and Congressional leaders inspires a true feeling of what it means to be an American. Everyone has a story to tell and EDC provides an opportunity to share that story in a way that can make a difference for all Americans struggling with an eating disorder. I support the EDC because we need to tell our stories and policymakers need to hear them.”

– Jillian Lampert, PhD, RD, LD, MPH, FAED, EDC Board Member, The Emily Program