best eating disorder recovery apps

We’ve selected these apps based on their usability, user reviews, timely updates, and their overall positive impact in offering support to people who have eating disorders. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Eating disorders often have deep-rooted psychological ties. They have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Eating disorders affect men and women regardless of socioeconomic status. Treatments for eating disorders include a combination of psychotherapy, medical care, nutritional counseling, and sometimes taking medications.

Learning to be healthy again can take time, support, and an acceptance that there’ll be setbacks. Things that help include focusing on living well and practicing self-care.

Even if a person considers themselves to be in recovery, they can always benefit from using one or more of the following apps.

Cognitive Diary

Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Cognitive Diary is an app that teaches cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. CBT is a common type of psychotherapy that helps identify which thoughts can lead to unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. The app can help you track your emotions and moods over time, help identify beliefs that may be irrational, and create personal coping and motivational statements. Over time, you’ll be able to review your thoughts and see how CBT may have changed your behaviors.

Eating Disorder Assessments

Android rating:
4.5 stars $0.99

The Eating Disorder Assessments tool is an app that features common surveys related to different types of eating disorders. It has similar questions that a doctor may ask regarding eating disorders. Answer questions on anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and body image. You can use this app to take a look at your symptoms and determine if you need to seek help for an eating disorder.

iCBT

iPhone rating:
4 stars $5.99

iCBT utilizes CBT techniques to help you identify the link between events and emotions. Through the app, you can better analyze your emotions and reactions to determine whether your thoughts are damaging or productive. The app’s goal is to establish new coping methods by monitoring your moods and how you handle stressors. Celebrate days you dealt with stress well or when you rejected thoughts that promoted a negative body image.

Positive Thinking - The Key to Happiness

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
3.5 stars Free

Do you find yourself needing the power of positive thinking? This app offers easy-to-follow daily exercises and motivational quotes to help you think positively, even when a situation seems especially tough. If you’ve ever felt like you need some help looking on the bright side, this app may help.

Recovery Record - Eating Disorder Management

iPhone rating:
5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Recovery Record is a comprehensive resource that focuses on key approaches to promote recovery and positive body image. Keep a record of the meals you eat and how they made you feel when you ate them through this app. Read reflections and affirmations along your recovery journey, collect “jigsaw pieces” for positive behaviors, and complete questionnaires that’ll help you track your progress over time. You can also link your app to your treatment team so they can provide encouragement and feedback.

recoveryBox Addiction Recovery Toolbox

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars $1.99

This app uses a traffic light approach to help you track your progress. When you have a good day, this is a green light day. Yellow and red light days may have been more difficult than others. This app is ideal for people who want to track their progress and look for patterns. If you’re a reward-motivated individual, seeing more green lights than red or yellow can be very encouraging.

Rise Up + Recover

iPhone rating:
5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Rise Up + Recover is a unique app that allows you to track your meals and how you’re feeling when you eat them. It allows you to transcribe your progress into a PDF printout that you can share with your treatment team. For people looking for quick coping strategies whenever they have an urge to binge or skip a meal, this app offers easy to access coping strategies to encourage you to continue a healthy lifestyle.

WhatsMyM3

Android rating:
4 stars Free

An M3 score reflects the likelihood of symptoms being a clinically significant disorder. The app features a series of 27 questions designed to evaluate your mental health and if you may need to seek professional help based on your M3 score. You can track your progress and mindset by continuing to keep up with your M3 score over time.

Lifesum

iPhone rating:
3.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Lifesum is your resource for all things healthy living. The app allows you to set goals for yourself, from being healthier to building muscle. By entering in your personal health data, the app generates a “Life Score.” You can use this score to get a personalized roadmap to better health. If you use Google Fit, S Health, or HealthKit, this app integrates with those programs to help track your progress. There’s also a membership program for people looking for more personalized diet and nutrition tips.