We all know them...
    The talented, straight A student from a great family.
          Popular, charming. They seem to have it all.
                   And yet, they’re miserable.
                  And... starving.

Slowly, the loving voices of friends and family are drowned out by the unrelenting voices of an eating disorder.

Chastising her for the sip of ice coffee while out with friends.
Berating him for the nibble of challah at Shabbos lunch.
Mocking her every time she passes a mirror.
Haranguing him until he completes just one more rep of push-ups…

Powerless in their lonely struggle, they are certain there is no way out.
That no one hears their silent cries.
But, they’re wrong.

Magen Avrohom does.

The struggle against an eating disorder is relentless and constant, 24/7. Those in the struggler’s environment need help in dealing with the struggler on a day-to-day and minute-to-minute basis. The right word and action can make all the difference in soothing and coaxing the struggler to take the right steps. Research supports that the patient’s social system - family, friends, mentors, school system, employers - is a most important treatment component. Unfortunately, they are generally ignored. Rather than excluding them, Magen Avrohom’s innovative approach enlists the active cooperation of all important and positive people in the struggler’s world. We guide them on how to develop a supportive, healthy and unified environment conducive to the patient’s progress.

Dealing with a family member who has an eating disorder places great stress on the family. Progress is not straightforward - it is one of ups and downs. If intervention is made very early on, the rate of recovery can be as short as one year. If the disease went undiagnosed for any length of time, recovery can take years. The emotional and financial strain on families is enormous. They see their suffering as unending.

Despite the enormous challenge inherent in our work, Magen Avrohom continues to be there for strugglers and families. We are committed to every struggler who walks through our door. Even those who pursue different paths often return. They know we understand the struggle, and that we care. Through education, guidance and support, the strugglers regain self-confidence. They are encouraged to make positive choices, which puts them on the road to complete healing, eventually freeing them from eating disorder’s powerful grip.

Magen Avrohom’s aim is to keep the struggler as functional as possible in their natural community environment; to support and guide family members; and to ensure that the struggler is progressing towards recovery.

We are here to support them in their time of need
and rejoice with them in recovery.