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Parents, Families and Friends Education Series Videos

AKEDA offered a series of Family and Friends Education presentations in 2021/2022 and is pleased to offer the presentations by video for those unable to attend.

AKEDA is providing these educational videos for free as we work to grow the community conversation to support Alaskans affected  by eating disorders. If you are interested in hosting a presentation or discussion at your place of work or school please contact us at

May 7, 2022 by Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD

What's Eating Our Kids and What Can We Do About It?

Addressing Dieting, Body Image & Related Issues without Causing Bigger Problems


From social media to COVID-19, our children and teens face more challenges than ever before to their mental health and self-esteem. In May 2022 AKEDA hosted eating disorder specialist Jessica Setnick as she shared the actions we can all take to open up conversations and support the kids in our communities, families and schools. Recommended for parents, caregivers, school counselors, coaches and others who interact with children and teens.

May 4, 2021 by Kim Witek, PsyD, MS

Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

Navigating Life During Uncertainty

Dr. Kim Witek with the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness speaks to families about how life has changed due to the pressures of COVID-19. She describes how eating disorders have been on the rise as a result of isolation, diet culture, social media and more. The Alliance offers support groups, education and a treatment finder:

March 1, 2021 by Bridget Whitlow, LMFT and Kym Piekuka

Lifting Up Siblings and What they Need Most

Since her sister Kacy’s death in 2002 from bulimia, Kym has been speaking, blogging, and advocating on the issue of eating disorders, especially focusing on the needs that siblings have when eating disorders occur in a family. She has consistently noted that sisters and brothers tend to be sidenotes in articles, organizational education, conferences and treatment. In 2017 she made it her mission to give the sibling experience a voice by creating the website


Bridget Whitlow, MS, LMFT. is a licensed psychotherapist who serves children, adolescents, adults and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has clinical experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, LGBTQ issues, and self-criticism. She served as the clinical director of outpatient services at New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center in Sausalito and is currently in private practice. Bridget has held leadership positions with the Academy of Eating Disorders and the San Francisco chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

February 27, 2021 by Laura Collins Lyster-Mensch  

Parental Distress Tolerance: Discovering Your Parenting Super Powers



Laura Collins Lyster-Mensch is an internationally-known eating disorders advocate. She founded F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders), a worldwide non-profit organization that aims to empower families in supporting loved ones with eating disorders.  She recently retired as F.E.A.S.T.'s Executive Director to focus on other endeavors.  Laura has lived the experience of supporting her daughter through an eating disorder and authored the celebrated book, "Eating with Your Anorexic: A Mother's Memoir."  She also hosts the podcast "New Plates," where she interviews international experts on eating disorders about inclusion of parents in eating disorder treatment. 

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