About NEDIC

NEDIC provides information, resources, referrals and support to Canadians affected by eating disorders through our toll-free helpline and instant chat. Outreach and education programming is available online and in the Greater Toronto Area, focusing on awareness and the prevention of eating disorders.  

Our Philosophy

NEDIC has a non-dieting, client-centred, feminist philosophy. We promote healthy lifestyles, including appropriate, enjoyable exercise and eating. NEDIC recognizes that the determinants of health are varied, and that weight is not an effective gauge of health, so we do not endorse dieting or diet centres. 

NEDIC strives to make our materials and services accessible to all Canadians regardless of financial status, geography and other potential barriers. Our goal is to provide information and resources so that individuals are empowered to make the decision best suited to their personal circumstance. 

NEDIC’s vision is a culture that promotes and supports individuals, regardless of ascribed or inherent characteristics, physical appearance, and social status. 

Impact

NEDIC supports over 3,500 people each year on our national toll-free helpline and instant chat service.

Of callers to the helpline, 45% are those personally affected, 30% are concerned loved ones and 15% are health professionals. 

Over 98% of all callers receive same day support and referrals from our database of 700+ service providers.

Since 2004, NEDIC has educated more than 160,000 people through professional development and outreach initiatives.

We deliver Body Pride programming to over 10,000 students annually.

The Beyond Images and Au-delà de l’image curricula are used by over 30,000 students per year.

How we work

Helpline and instant chat

We operate Canada’s only national toll-free helpline and instant chat providing information on treatment options and support to people across Canada either directly or indirectly affected by disordered eating and related concerns.


support helpline

How we work

BodyPride

With the support of our corporate and community partners, NEDIC provides professional development workshops as well as targeted educational workshops for children and youth through our BodyPride program. 



BodyPride

How we work

Additional programs

NEDIC focuses on awareness and the prevention of eating disorders, food and weight preoccupation, and disordered eating by promoting critical thinking skills. Additional programs include a biennial conference and the free online body image and self-esteem curricula for grades 4-8, available in French and English. Au-delà de l'image 


Beyond Images

Team

The following team members are the tip of the iceberg. There are many volunteers and students who are also regular and vital members of the NEDIC team. NEDIC’s Advisory Committee is comprised of dedicated individuals, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields, who provide insight, advice and expertise.

  • Suzanne Philips

    Program Manager

    Ary Maharaj

    Outreach and Education Coordinator

    Sara Marini

    Administrative Coordinator

    Rekha Wijayaratna

    Development Officer

    Emily Tam

    Special Projects Lead

  • Ariel

    Candice 

    Emily 

    Michelle D.  

    Michelle T.

    Sophie

  • Dr. Daniel Andreae (Honorary Chair)

    Sarah Farrell

    Karin Jasper 

    Dale Morris 

    Dr. Kathryn Trottier

Funding and community partners

NEDIC is a program of the University Health Network, located within the Toronto General Hospital. Tax receipts are provided c/o Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation – Charitable Registration Number 12386 4068 RR0001

We are grateful for the annual contribution by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, which has supported NEDIC for over 25 years.  

Providers

Funding Partners

  • Gold - $1,000,000 +

    Unilever Canada Inc.

    Silver - $500,000 +

    Dr. Daniel C. Andreae

    Bronze - $250,000 +

    Zest for Life Annual Fundraiser

    Pewter -$100,000 +

    Shire Pharma

    Copper -$25,000 +

    Aerie

    Bell Canada Elementary

    Dairy Farmers of Canada

    Echo Foundation

    Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

    Green Shield Benefits Association

    Lionhart (Canada) Ltd. 

    RBC Foundation

    Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

    TELUS

    Brass -$10,000 +

    American Eagle Outfitters Canada Corp. 

    CIBC

    Coleman Leggitt Trust 

    Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan 

    Paul and Sarah Farrell

    Sick Kids Foundation 

    Winners Merchants International

    The Women’s Future Fund 

  • Zest for Life is our annual fundraiser in support of NEDIC’s outreach & education and helpline services. 

    Thank you to our sponsors.

    Presenting Level - $15,000 +

    Dr. Daniel C. Andreae 

    Shire Pharma Canada

    Unilever Canada Inc.

    Gold - $10,000 +

    CIBC

    Lionhart 

    Silver - $5,000 +

    Joe Brennan Architects 

    The Honourable J. Trevor Eyton

    Dairy Farmers of Canada 

    Philip Sung Design Associates

    RBC Foundation 

    Winners 

    Bronze - $2,500 +

    Anonymous 

    Debbie Eyton, Paul Edmonds, and Hayley Findlay 

    MedCan 

    Pitch Communications 

    Donna Slaight 

    WaterStone Foundation