After recovering from a ten-year-long battle with various eating disorders, Johanna Kandel founded The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness in 2000. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, The Alliance has brought information and awareness about eating disorders to more than 160,000 middle school, high school, and college students nationally and internationally. In addition, The Alliance offers information to those who are seeking information about eating disorders treatment, community awareness, and professional training:
Community Education - The Alliance is committed to increasing education and awareness through educational presentations at public and private elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, graduate programs, Social Service Agencies, Youth Groups, Healthcare Programs, etc.
Professional Training - The Alliance offers professional training in areas of diagnosis, treatment, advocacy, working with various age groups, co-occurring disorders and the like is available to educators, mental health practitioners, all healthcare providers and other community groups and agencies.
Junior Advisory Committee - The Alliance offers the Junior Advisory Committee as a liaison for students in high school or college to act as advocates for teens and young adults as a school ambassador. School ambassadors promote the interaction between The Alliance and the school body. This also helps to promote stigma reduction and greater involvement in the youth, teens and young adults in the work of The Alliance.
The Alliance also publishes the U.S. Eating Disorders Treatment Referral Guide for colleges which gets disbursed to several thousand schools in the U.S.