The 13 Best Eating Disorder iPhone & Android Apps of 2013
Top Apps for Eating Disorder Patients 2013
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder at some point.
Although these apps may not be magic, they may help people with eating disorders cope with symptoms. These supportive apps can improve attitudes toward food. They can also track important progress indicators on the path to recovery.
Recovery Record is truly a beloved eating disorder application that has earned excellent reviews. This free tool is intended for people recovering from a wide range of eating disorders. It’s designed for people coping with anorexia, bulimia, obsessive eating, compulsive eating or binge eating.
The app helps you track progress and log food and feelings. You can connect with treatment providers and build coping tactics. This 5-star app also lets users work toward goals. You can achieve rewards by collecting clips in a scrapbook. Affirmations, anonymous encouragement messages and a helpline make this app truly stellar.
OneHealth Meeting Finder
An important part of healing from eating disorders is attending 12-step meetings. Finding a meeting wherever you are, whenever you need it, is crucial to success.
This handy app keeps users informed and on the road to recovery no matter where they are. Users can search by city or zip code to find the times, types, and locations of local Eating Disorders Anonymous meetings.
The app integrates with maps and calendars on your device. It also offers recovery trackers and daily meditation messages.
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 20 ratings - $0.99
Heal Journey’s Body Beautiful app helps users embrace their bodies. Improving self-image with this app can help develop confidence and self-acceptance. The app includes updated inspirational quotes, videos, articles, and more.
Body Beautiful lets users collect and share their favorite quotes on social media, including body-positive celebrity reflections. The app also encourages supportive chatting among members. It promotes “pledge” for users to respect and love their bodies.
This app is primarily targeted to women working to end “fat talk” and works to expose distorted cultural ideas about beauty.
iPhone – 3.5 stars with 437 ratings – Free
The Optimism app is devoted to helping users manage their mental health. The app helps you chart moods, mindsets, and emotional triggers. The app was originally developed for people with depression or bipolar disorder. Yet, the same concepts allow Optimism to help those with eating disorders.
With Optimism you can recognize and track the emotions and triggers that lead to destructive eating behaviors.
Optimism charts are also useful for reviewing with a health professional. You can also track exercise, sleep quality, and medication use.
Android – 4.3 stars with 452 ratings – 100-500K installs – Free
We’ve all heard of the power of positive thinking. The Positive Thinking app helps train your brain to be optimistic. It provides learning strategies for self-appreciation and confidence. This can be especially helpful for people with body image problems and eating disorders.
The app is also customizable. It allows users to focus on whichever area of improvement most interests them. Topics include decision-making, health, perfectionism, and self-control. There are also truly inspirational quotes that you can share over social media.
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 2960 ratings - $0.99
Self Help Classics includes a library of 60 books. It is one of the best selling self-help apps. If you prefer to battle your demons with the assistance of self-help books, this is your dream app. Topics range from inspiration to business success. Authors vary from famous thinkers to billionaires.
Anyone seeking to find wisdom about personal improvement can benefit. Users can keep track of their favorite passages and use the entire library collection to find healing and hope.
Initial purchase includes 34 books. The full library of 60 is available with an in-app purchase. You can listen anywhere with the text-to-speech option.
These two apps are similar but come from two different developers. The Mindfulness Bell apps both offer gentle reminders to engage in meditation. They ring periodically to encourage users to take a meditative pause.
People with eating disorders may benefit from mindfulness meditation. It is a positive strategy for controlling food impulses.
During a mindful meditation session, you can focus on your emotions, motivations, and commitments. You can battle negative thinking patterns and gain control over your thoughts related to food, diet, and body image.
Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help
Android – 4.5 stars with 362 ratings – 100-500K installs – Free
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a powerful technique for changing behavior. It can be useful for dealing with eating disorders. The Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help app applies CBT to help with feelings of stress, anxiety, and irrational thinking.
The app addresses self-control problems and relationship issues that often accompany eating disorders. Keep track of events that stress or upset you and rate the strength of your emotional reactions. You can also access articles that correspond to your problem areas. Make sure to consult a health professional if you’re considering this app.
Eating D AppCounselor
Android – 3.6 stars with 5 ratings – 100-500 installs - $0.99
The Eating D app helps identify and track the frequency and severity of emotions related to eating disorders. The app is primarily for individuals with anorexia or bulimia. It helps to address negative thoughts by offering strategies and tips for battling urges.
Eating D seeks to help those coping with feelings of fullness. It emphasizes the need to eat regularly and to avoid purging. It also helps to develop a more positive relationship with food.
Eating Disorder Assessments
Android – 4.2 stars with 4 ratings – 100-500 installs - $0.99
This app is not a tool for managing an eating disorder, but it may help identify a potential case. The Eating Disorder Assessment app uses surveys to check for symptoms of a variety of eating disorders.
These assessments are not diagnostic tools. But, they can help loved ones identify warning signs of eating disorders. Use the app to screen for particular eating disorders. You can then show your results to a health professional if you or a loved one needs assistance.
iPhone – 5 stars with 11 ratings - $1.99
The recoveryBox app facilitates 12-step recovery from a variety of addictions and behaviors. It tracks and assesses daily behaviors with a light system. A green light behavior is a good habit. A yellow light means caution. And a red light means you may be acting out.
The app displays your treatment goals and motivators. It has a customizable mode for addictions and behaviors, including eating disorders.
Connect with sponsors or therapists with the ability to text or email about lights and triggers you encounter during the day. The app is password protected to keep this sensitive information private.
iPhone – 5 stars with 8 ratings – Free
Sometimes you just need someone at the other end of the line to talk to. The Teen Hotlines app includes information on national hotlines, helplines and web sites.
These hotlines cover a wide variety of issues, from eating disorders and depression, to school violence and abuse. Get connected with local services in your area. Get the help you need to regain your health and stability.
iPhone – Not enough ratings for average stars – Free
The Kissy Project app is a recovery app for teens with eating disorders. Australian teenager Kisten Hertog created the app while she was suffering from anorexia and a binge eating disorder. Kissy Project promotes a positive mindset with weekly tasks, motivational quotes, songs and videos. Read up on Kissy’s blog to see how someone else deals with the day-to-day life of recovery from eating disorders.
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The ability to connect with the best resources, tools and support makes apps extremely powerful tools. Apps like these can make facing the day-to-day challenges of recovery a little less stressful. Let these apps help you make good decisions for your health and happiness. Managing and living vibrantly despite your eating disorder is possible.
We selected these eating disorder apps based on their potential to aid people with eating disorders and their loved ones in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to people with eating disorders and the community. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make life with eating disorders more manageable.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).