Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh: The Power of Community Support

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh: The Power of Community Support


In this podcast Tabitha gets to talk to one of her favorite eating disorder experts: Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh. We discuss FEAST, eating disorder peer support forums, and how to take the sting out of an eating disorder diagnosis for the family members involved.

Laura founded FEAST, and this website is a true gift for any parent navigating the world of eating disorders. Since FEAST Laura has stayed active in the eating disorder parent community and works with treatment centers on how they can better gear services towards families from start to end.

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh wrote the book “Eating With Your Anorexic,” which provided a blueprint for all parents struggling with the elemental challenge of parenting a child with anorexia nervosa.

In 2008, Laura became the original Executive Director of FEAST — Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders.

Laura now operates Circum Mensam. She offers her knowledge and experience in the field of eating disorders from a parent perspective to educational and advocacy organizations. Starting in 2017 Laura is also providing services for parents as well: through private consultations and Starfish Packages.

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh now offers “Starfish Packages,” a colorful Priority Mail package filled with information and courage for parents of newly diagnosed patients. She also hosts a new podcast called NEW PLATES  about how parents and treatment teams can collaborate to support eating disorder patients toward recovery, and build resilient families.
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About Tabitha Farrar

I work as Head of Marketing for a software startup in Boulder. As a recovered Anorexia sufferer, I advocate for proper understanding of eating disorders in my spare time. On that note, I wrote a book about my own journey into eating again called Love Fat.

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