The Best Eating Disorder iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • The 13 Best Apps for People Facing an Eating Disorder

    The 13 Best Apps for People Facing an Eating Disorder

    Eating disorders are usually not talked about openly. It’s a difficult subject to approach, which makes treatment and recovery even harder. But for the 24 million Americans suffering from an eating disorder, the condition is very real.

    Recovering from an eating disorder requires a great deal of help from trained professionals. These apps are only a small part of a potential plan. But if you’re trying to get well, hopefully one of these can help in some small way.

  • Recovery Record

    Recovery Record

    iPhone – 5 stars from 1,228 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.7 stars from 1,678 ratings – Free

    It takes a lot for an app to maintain a 5-star rating after more than 1,000 reviews. This app has, which speaks to how well respected and appreciated it is among people with eating disorders.

    Recovery Record is designed to help people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. But people with other eating, weight, or body concerns might benefit too.

    You can log each meal or snack you have, as well as the feelings and thoughts associated with it. This information is compiled into an easy-to-read chart that helps you and caregivers spot patterns and see improvement.

  • OneHealth Meeting Finder

    OneHealth Meeting Finder

    iPhone – 4.5 stars from 231 ratings – Free

    Android – 4 stars from 430 ratings – Free

    Many people trying to heal from an eating disorder attend group therapy sessions. These sessions often occur weekly, and sometimes daily. The Meeting Finder app keeps your appointments organized and reminds you before they occur.

    Better yet, it helps you make the appointments you need. If you’re visiting a city and need to find a support meeting, use your city or zip code to locate local Eating Disorders Anonymous meetings near you. Send meeting reminders to friends through email or text.

  • Body Beautiful

    Body Beautiful

    iPhone – 4.5 stars from 20 ratings – $0.99

    One of the biggest hurdles in battling eating disorders is loving  yourself and your body again. Heal Journey’s Body Beautiful app offers you inspiring quotes, uplifting stories, and tools that help you reshape how you look at your body and feel about yourself.

    You can share encouraging photos with friends using the app’s “Photo-Stamp” feature. Then you can all take the “Pledge” to end fat talk and encourage one another through body-positive discussion.

  • Optimism

    Optimism

    iPhone – 4 stars from 512 ratings – Free

    Optimism was designed to help people with depression track their mood changes and emotional triggers. But  anyone with a mental health condition can benefit from this app. Keep a diary of your emotional health and factors that might affect it, like sleep, exercise, medication, and caffeine and alcohol consumption.

    You’ll build a diary of your mood and mood-altering behaviors. This information helps you and any healthcare professionals identify potential triggers as well as ways to help you heal.

  • Positive Thinking

    Positive Thinking

    Android – 4.2 stars from 779 ratings – Free

    If your positive thinking skills need a little tune-up, the Positive Thinking app can help. The act of positive thinking has the ability to completely change your approach to your day. It can even affect your long-term health.

    Let the app’s Rolodex of inspiring quotes encourage you. Share those quotes with others who might need positive vibes too, via the app’s social sharing function. “This app provides a lot of inspiring quotes from truly brilliant individuals. If you are a visionary who enjoys kicking negativity in the bud, I strongly recommend this app!” wrote Android user Rose Sidhu.

  • Self Help Classics

    Self Help Classics

    iPhone – 4.5 stars from 2,983 ratings – $0.99

    Download the Self Help Classics app and get access to more than 30 books that cover a variety of self-help topics, from financial wealth to healing from eating disorders. Authors include well-known inventors, business people, and famous thinkers. In-app purchases allow you to expand the library to 60 books, and “read” while you walk or drive with the app’s text-to-speech capabilities.

  • Mindfulness Bell

    Mindfulness Bell

    iPhone – 3.5 stars from 70 ratings – $0.99

    Android – 4.5 stars from 1,686 ratings – Free

    The iPhone app and the Android app were created by different developers, but they share the same name—and the same purpose: to help you be more mindful. Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools. They can help you handle the physical and emotional changes you’ll experience when you’re healing from an eating disorder.

    Set the bell frequency and timer length. Use the bells to center your thinking and prevent wandering thoughts while you’re meditating — or just to take stock of how you’re feeling throughout the day.

  • Cognitive Diary

    Cognitive Diary

    Android – 4.4 stars from 581 ratings – Free

    Destructive thoughts are one of the most damaging aspects of an eating disorder. The negative opinions you have about yourself, and the self-hate you direct towards your body can be damaging and long-lasting. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a powerful tool that can help change your thought patterns and improve your mental state.

    Many mental health professionals request that patients keep an ongoing journal to record their feelings, as well as the events that may have affected their mood. This app makes it easier to do than toting around a pencil and paper all day.

  • Eating Disorder Assessment

    Eating Disorder Assessment

    Android – 4.2 stars from 4 ratings – $0.99

    Family members or friends may sometimes worry that a loved one has an eating disorder. Although this app isn’t a medical tool and can’t provide a real diagnosis, it may help you identify eating disorder-related behaviors.

    The app is set up as a survey to track your symptoms or the symptoms of someone you care about. Answer yes or no to a variety of questions, and the app will let you know if these answers indicate a potential eating disorder.

  • RecoveryBox

    RecoveryBox

    iPhone – 5 stars from 14 ratings – $1.99

    As part of any recovery program, you’ll make a variety of goals and promises. This app can help you reach them honestly. Tell the app your goals, and it will create behavior points that indicate you’re doing well or not so well. When you’ve crossed into troubling territory, you’ll get a warning that your behaviors are jeopardizing your goals.

    The app can then provide you with encouraging devotionals. If you need in-person help, the app can even reach out to a sponsor or accountability partner who can help.

  • The Kissy Project

    The Kissy Project

    iPhone – 4 stars from 5 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.8 stars from 4 ratings – Free

    The Kissy Project is an app designed to help teenagers dealing with eating disorders. Australian teenager Kirsten Hertog began her website, blog, and this app as part of her healing process from anorexia, depression, anxiety, and binge eating disorder.

    Each week, the app assigns you a new appreciation task. It can also provide emotional support and encouragement to girls and young women facing many of the hurdles Hertog once faced herself. Connect with Hertog  by reading the Kissy Project blog, and know you’re not alone.

  • Rise Up + Recover

    Rise Up + Recover

    iPhone – 5 stars from 153 ratings – Free

    Rebuilding a healthy relationship with food can start on your phone. This app requires you to log your meals and snacks, as well as your emotions. When you do, a motivating quote pops up to remind you how well you’re doing. When you find yourself face-to-face with a setback or feeling the urge to turn towards bad behaviors, the app’s coping skills menu provides distractions and coaching tips to keep you on track.

  • What’s my M3

    What’s my M3

    iPhone – 4 stars from 32 ratings – Free

    Android – 3.9 stars from 73 ratings – Free

    Quantifying your progress can help you grasp how well you’re doing. All sorts of upper and lower number limits are used to measure your health, including cholesterol, blood cell counts, and blood sugar levels. Why not mental health? Use this app’s survey to take stock of your emotional and mental health.

    The number functions a bit like a game: When your score is low, how can you actively work to make it higher? The app  lets you see your mental health improve over time, which is another reminder that you can—and will—get better.

  • Start the Journey to Recovery

    Start the Journey to Recovery

    The road to recovery begins when you decide it’s time to change. Your friends, family, and other loved ones can help you begin the journey to ending your eating disorder, but you’ll additional help from outside sources, including doctors, therapists, and possibly even a phone app.

    These 13 apps are designed to give you the help and motivation you need to heal, learn to live, and thrive after your eating disorder. 

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these eating disorder apps based on their potential to aid people facing an eating disorder 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 their community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make overcoming an eating disorder 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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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