The Network Eating Disorders is a non-profit organisation which was founded in 1990 by Prof. Günther Rathner. It is located in Innsbruck encompassing the whole of Austria. The Network Eating Disorders is one of the eldest non-profit organisations in this field in German speaking countries which now has been working for more than 24 years for sufferers and their relatives.
Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder have reached epidemic proportions and have become a steadily growing and serious health problem, especially for girls and young women; not only in Austria but in the whole industrialised world.
Since its foundation the Network Eating Disorders has set itself a wide area of objectives ranging from public relations to enhance public understanding of eating disorders over advising- & motivation work for sufferers and their relatives to prevention and health promotion.
In addition the Network Eating Disorders has already organised 21 international conferences on Eating Disorders chaired and convened by Prof. Günther Rathner, Ph.D. These congresses are the largest conferences on Eating Disorders in the German speaking world and from the beginning they were open to a wide range of audiences such us sufferers, their relatives & experts.