The MO Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA) was founded to bring hope, compassion and understanding to the fight against eating disorders. One out of 10 people will struggle with a serious eating disorder during the course of their lifetime plus eating disorders are the most serious and complex of all mental illnesses with the highest fatality rate of all mental illnesses. Originally founded as The Dalia Partnership, the organization rebranded in 2012 to better affiliate with the disease and reach those who suffer. In 2009 the organization became a network member of NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association to further strengthen our association with the many issues faced by those suffering and their families. 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 2015-16 school year MOEDA presented the “Feed The Facts” to 3,078 middle and high school students in 15 schools throughout the St. Louis area.
The Missouri Eating Disorders Association’s mission is to bring hope, compassion and understanding to the fight against eating disorders. We are committed to providing education, 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 terrible and serious disease.
We Are Passionate About Making a Difference
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. The Real Skinny: Professional Development Workshop made its debut in 2011 with MOEDA offering this curriculum to train those on the frontlines of early intervention, such as the Physical Education teachers, Coaches and Counselors who teach at middle and high schools. The Real Skinny: For Students debuted in high schools in St. Louis in 2013. This interactive and informative curriculum educates students on eating disorders and how to help someone that might be suffering. During the 2015/16 school year we reached over 3,000 middle and high school students in 15 different schools. This school year, the program has been updated and rebranded under a new name, “Feed the Facts: An Eating Disorder Awareness” program. The program is available to public and private schools throughout St. Louis and has now expanded to Kansas City.
In addition, MOEDA Advocacy efforts have resulted in the MO state legislature passing the first MO Eating Disorders Council, so that the Department of Mental Health can study and provide education and awareness for the disease.
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.
Become 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 understanding to the fight against eating disorders.Join MOEDA Today Donate Today