Our History

Dahlia FlowersFounded in 2003, as The Dahlia Partnership, with the knowledge that eating disorders are the most serious and complex of all mental illness with the highest fatality rate of all mental illnesses. One out of every ten people will struggle with an eating disorder during the course of their lifetime and over 575,000 Missourians will suffer from this devastating illness. As a 501© not for profit organization, The Dahlia Partnership began its mission to bring understanding, compassion and hope to the fight against eating disorders.
In 2009, The Dahlia Partnership became a network member of NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) to further strengthen the association with the many issues faced by those suffering and their families.
In 2012, The Dahlia Partnership became the Missouri Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA) with an expanded board and renewed vision on how to impact the issues surrounding eating disorders.  As The Missouri Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA) the revised mission became to bring hope, compassion and education to the fight against eating disorders.

In 2013, MOEDA launched a school curriculum (Feed the Facts, Eating Disorders Awareness Program) to educate coaches, nurses and teachers about the serious nature of eating disorders. The curriculum evolved to include a student-based program designed to supplement middle and high-school health classes. In 2016-17 school year MOEDA presented the “Feed The Facts” to 4,000 middle and high school students in 17 schools throughout the St. Louis area. The program has expanded and is now available to public and private schools in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Our Mission

Moeda LogoThe Missouri Eating Disorders Association mission is to fight eating disorders, educate communities and save lives! We are committed to providing information, resources and advocacy that will change the conversation around eating disorders. We strive to bring understanding and support to those treating or affected by this devastating and serious disease.

We Are Passionate About Making a Difference

Secret IllnessThe Missouri Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA) is committed to making a difference by providing education, awareness and resources for eating disorders. MOEDA provides help and resources for families, friends and for those suffering from an eating disorder.

Professional development and networking events occur throughout the year to support eating disorder professionals.  Community events include the annual St. Louis NEDA walk, Annual Benefit Gala and National Eating Disorder Awareness Week activities.

The Feed The Facts curriculum is an interactive, educational and informative program for students, school staff and parents. MOEDA is changing the conversation around eating disorders by bringing the conversation into the open in school health classes throughout St. Louis and Kansas City.

MOEDA is proud to be a grassroots, not for profit organization. Our success is directly linked to our volunteers. MOEDA events are a great way to get involved in the cause! Whether your talent is organizing events, putting together Walk teams or lending your voice – we welcome your participation in our mission. Check out our Events Page for more information.

Recovery SunBecome a member of MOEDA! Every dollar contributed to MOEDA will go toward education and programming. As a professional member of MOEDA, you will be placed on the Resources List.  Donations and tributes are also welcomed to help us accomplish our mission.

We very much value your support and hope that it gives you a simple way to make a difference in what can be a truly dis-empowering disease. With your help, we can bring compassion, hope and education to the fight against eating disorders.