The Eating Disorders Information Network was founded in 1996 by Atlanta psychologist Dina Zeckhausen. Atlanta had many gifted therapists and dietitians, but they were hard to find (this was in the days of the Yellow Pages!). Dina built a website to make it easier for those struggling to find help. EDIN’s mission at the time was twofold: to make help more easily accessible, and to reduce the stigma around eating disorders. EDIN also offered hope through recovery stories in a monthly newsletter.
About EDIN’s Founder
Dina Zeckhausen has been helping people recover from eating problems for over 20 years. She has written several books with the aim of preventing eating disorders, including a children’s book called Full Mouse, Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings, which won the Gold Moonbeam Award for Children’s Wellness. Dina’s musical, What’s Eating Katie?, has been adapted for several audiences. Dina works in private practice with her husband Gerald Drose. Their practice, Powers Ferry Psychological Associates, has offices in Buckhead, Marietta, Canton, and South Forsyth. Dina remains an active consultant to EDIN today.
Expanding edin’s mission
As local schools learned about EDIN’s work, they sought help to support students struggling with disordered eating and distorted body image. As a result, EDIN expanded its mission to include eating disorders awareness and treatment opportunities, developing curricula for K-12 students and for families striving to raise healthy children. Today, EDIN’s efforts include education, awareness, professional development opportunities, and a growing community presence.