Who we are and our vision
KEADD (www.keadd.gr) was founded in 2007 and is a Greek acronym which stands for Center for Education and Treatment for Eating Disorders. It is an educational center and a network of health professionals in Greece.
As an educational center, KEADD offers training seminars in the handling of eating disorders in two cities of Greece, Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as through webinars. KEADD is affiliated with the National Center for Eating Disorders in the UK – NCFED (https://eating-disorders.org.
As a network, KEADD consists of health professionals, situated throughout Greece, who have all successfully completed the above mentioned training. This network comprises professionals from various health fields, such as physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, physical education professionals, nurses and others who may come in contact with patients with eating disorders in their own professional settings.
KEADD focuses on the power of the interdisciplinary approach for patients with eating disorders and works solely on outpatient settings (mainly, our private spaces). It is our strong belief that people who experience confusion in matters of body image and nutrition benefit greatly from having the very first health professional they approach explain to them what help is available; whether this be their physician, their fitness coach, their psychotherapist, a nurse or some other health professional.
KEADD helps not only in teaching such health professionals how to diagnose an existing eating disorder, but also to detect early signs in thinking and behavior that could well lead to an eating disorder in the future. The network health professionals are trained in therapeutic interventions appropriate to their scientific field and have ample access to supervision (and peer supervision) from other network colleagues; and, even more importantly, they have immediate access to other network professionals that their particular patient may need at the time, such as a fitness coach to deal with over exercising, a nutritionist for addressing particular nutritional needs, a family therapist to help with the patient’s family, etc.
KEADD believes that the patients benefit from receiving all professional help within their own life settings, staying at their homes, and enjoying the support of experts who all “speak the same language” of the eating disorders.