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Anorexia is a very homogeneous disorder.

People who have it have the same symptoms.
They also tend to say the same things, act the same way.

Prof. Walter Kaye
quoted on Into Thin Air
Seed, November 2003

When you see that kind of pattern, it says 'biological'

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Genetic Predisposition

What is Anorexia Nervosa (AN)?

The spiral is a depiction of
what happens to a person with AN

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20% Death Rate

Trigger
WEIGHT LOSS
(for whatever reason)


Medically Defined


Focus of
Media Attention


EitRF FOCUS
Early Intervention
BEFORE the condition
is medically defined

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THE POTENTIAL OF PROMISING YOUTHS

UNLEASHING ONCE AGAIN


95% of Eating Disorder sufferers are youths aged 12-25 years old

Help Them

THRIVE AGAIN

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Genetic Predisposition

What is Anorexia Nervosa (AN)?

The spiral is a depiction of
what happens to a person with AN

Content image

20% Death Rate

Trigger
WEIGHT LOSS
(for whatever reason)


Medically Defined


Focus of
Media Attention


EitRF FOCUS
Early Intervention
BEFORE the condition
is medically defined

Our Mission

Our mission is to save and improve lives of individuals with anorexia nervosa and their families by:

  • Educating society about the condition of anorexia nervosa and its early phase where intervention can be most effective.
  • Empowering families towards effective intervention through guidance and clear information.
  • Building a network of early intervention centers using arts to aid recovery and self discovery.
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Our Message

Our message is that anorexia nervosa (AN) is a condition a person is genetically predisposed to have.  It  is triggered by weight loss which, in turn, can be initiated by a variety of factors.

It is neither a lifestyle choice nor a condition that can be afflicted by the individual, family or society.  Scientific research has proven that AN has genetic and biological components. This understanding is essential for two main reasons:

  • It can remove the misplaced guilt often experienced by people suffering from AN as well as their families, who often feel that they have done something wrong.
  • It encourages Early Intervention.  This often makes the difference between full recovery and a possible death.

The AN process is well understood: while most people can afford to diet and lose weight throughout their lives, individuals predisposed with AN need to realize that weight loss may result in an out-of-control psychobiological spiral, leading to even further weight loss.

The possible implications of this weight loss should be realized and accepted by sufferers, family and friends who should also celebrate the high achieving personality traits and sensitive nature often associated with those predisposed to AN.

Our Website

The Elephant in the Room Foundation (EitRF.org) aims to give the most comprehensive and understandable picture of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) through combining scientific findings and experiences of AN.   The website is continuously being updated.

We endeavour to inform families so that they can act earlier in assisting their loved one back to health as well as to present a perspective that can help sufferers in finding a way to be happy and thrive again.  Informed early intervention can make the difference between a safe, lasting recovery and a possible death.

Jargon Buster   Is it ED (Eating Disorders), AN (Anorexia Nervosa), Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorders or EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified)?  The general public typically uses the term anorexia/anorexic loosely.  However, the medical professions specifically categorize the progression of the condition into different names of illness; they describe the general condition as an Eating Disorder (ED) until the person exhibits symptoms outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

While confusion exists, we would like to be a catalyst for clarification and unification for a cause that is burdened by stigma.