Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting 30 million people in the U.S. alone.  Recovering from an eating disorder can be challenging and requires hard work, accountability, and support. Thanks to modern technology, numerous eating disorder recovery apps are available.
These five eating disorder apps connect you with in-the-moment support, monitor your meals and behaviors, help you cope with difficult emotions, and give you the tools you need to find healing and hope as you walk down the recovery road.
Using the self-monitoring homework approach (one of the foundations of cognitive behavioral therapy), users gain support and accountability for their recovery journey. In addition, the app allows you to do the following:
- Log your meals, behaviors, and emotions.
- Share PDF summaries of your meal logs and progress with your treatment team.
- Set daily reminders to keep you motivated and inspired.
- Access coping skill resources like journaling activities, lessons on body image, and mindfulness prompts.
- Find professional help and support in your area.
Recovery Record: Eating Disorder Management
Recovery Record is the “smart companion” for your eating disorder recovery journey. Not only does it give you access to motivational resources and tools to help you keep track of your eating and behaviors, but it also allows you to connect directly with your treatment team through the Recovery Record Clinician App.
Go to the “Connect” section in the app and invite your treatment team to connect with you.
Through the Recovery Record app, you can do the following:
- Keep a record of your meals, thoughts, and feelings.
- Create custom coping strategies, recovery goals, and meal plans.
- See charts of your trends, insights, and progress.
- Set reminders to help keep you on track.
- Fill out questionnaires to chart your progress.
- Send and receive encouraging messages and virtual gifts.
- Connect with your treatment team and get in-the-moment support as they write you messages, set meal plans, see and comment on your logs, and help to keep you accountable.
Brighter Bite – ED Recovery
Brighter Bite calls itself your “eating disorder recovery buddy.” Utilizing acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) techniques, Brighter Bite helps you navigate challenging times you may encounter during recovery.
The Brighter Bite app enables you to do the following:
- Track your thoughts and moods.
- Keep a daily record of meals and behaviors.
- Engage in 20+ therapeutic activities to help you relax based on your thoughts and feelings.
- Access recovery resources like community support, treatment, and educational content.
- Track and share your progress with your treatment team.
- See daily motivational quotes to help you stay strong.
Eating Disorder Test
Have you ever wondered if you have an eating disorder? Is your relationship with food, eating, exercise, or body image complicated? If so, the Eating Disorder Test app is right for you.
After taking a simple 2-minute test, you’ll be able to find out if your relationship with food, eating, and exercise is problematic. Once you take the test, the app also points you toward helpful resources to get you started on the recovery journey.
Do feelings of worry trigger your disordered eating? The MindShift CBT app may help. This tool uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches to help you relax, understand your mental state, and take charge of your emotions. A community forum can help you connect with others struggling with their mental health.
Use the app to do the following:
- Access tools you can use in stressful situations.
- Track your thoughts in a journal.
- Read helpful coping statements.
- Set up experiments.
- Listen to calming meditations.
- Chart your mental health over time.
- Set goals and track your progress.
Get Started With an Eating Disorder Recovery App
If you are currently in recovery from an eating disorder, apps for anorexia recovery or apps to stop overeating may help. But remember that you also should work with a qualified treatment team to fully address your eating disorder with professional help.
1. Eating Disorder Statistics. (n.d.). ANAD. Accessed September 2022.
The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective on eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer a discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.
We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.
Published on EatingDisorderHope.com
Reviewed & Approved on January 25th, 2023, by Jacquelyn Ekern MS, LPC