Inner Door Foundation

Inner Door Foundation was created to raise public awareness about eating disorders, promote education and support advocacy along with legal efforts so that those who are afflicted may access their insurance.

Mary-Kate Olsen, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Jaimie-Lynn Sigler, and Dennis Quaid all have something in common... they all have a history of eating disorders. With the media hype, you may be under the impression that eating disorders are only found in famous celebrities. But look harder…. an individual with an eating disorder could be your next door neighbor, your co-worker, or even your child —an elementary school student, adolescent, teen, young adult, middle age adult— or perhaps your aging parent.


Eating disorders do not discriminate among socioeconomic status, race, religion, age or even gender. Let's look at some statistics:

  • It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men
  • One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia, while two to three in 100 American women suffers from bulimia
  • A total of 50% of the 50 million individuals undergoing treatment for obesity are binge eaters
  • A total of 30 - 50% of individuals with eating disorders abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, compared to 9% of the general population.
  • A significantly high percentage of individuals with eating disorders have one or more co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Diagnoses of an eating disorder have been made in children less than 12 years of age and as old as age 75.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and can affect every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. Eating disorders can result in cardiac arrest, diabetes, chronic renal failure and neurological damage, along with bowel, breast and reproductive cancers.

Eating disorders are prevalent today in young and old, men and women. Eating disorders are not a "choice." They are biologically based and effect the entire body's mental and physical health, while affecting the ability of a person to be fully happy and productive in his/her life.

 

Donate by mail

Print out form; complete the form and mail with your check to:

Inner Door Foundation
317 E. Eleven Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI 48067

 

Tax Deductible

Inner Door Foundation is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS and has public charity status. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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Inner Door Foundation

Beverly Price, Founder of Inner Door Foundation

Samara Johnson, Development Director - Samara graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with an art degree specializing in photography. Both her degree, lifetime love of art and personal use of creativity as a mode of self-expression and healing - contribute to her assistance with art therapy for eating disorders.  She has also been practicing yoga since high school and is a true believer in the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for overall health, especially as a key part of treating eating disorders. Samara is passionate about raising awareness and providing education recourses for the community at large.

Samara currently works as Director of Development for the Inner Door Foundation. She is in the process of planning a dual-purpose event to raise awareness of eating disorders and create increased recognition for eating disorders by having an art-based event, which also highlights the thriving art scene in Detroit. Art is used in the event to call upon the automatic subconscious stereotyping that takes place in our society – by breaking these stigmas it allows an expansion of values and behaviors towards that particular group as well as allowing those with the disorder to feel less separated and more willing to seek help or help others. Her goal is to assist in changing the way eating disorders are understood and raise support for those who are suffering or know someone who is.