Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh is a writer from Virginia who became an activist for improved eating disorder treatment after the recovery of her teen daughter from anorexia. Her book, Eating with Your Anorexic, is a memoir of her family’s experience. She has written two books on eating disorders, a memoir, and one book of fiction. She has helped found three eating disorder organizations, and currently serves as outreach director for one of them: F.E.A.S.T., the only international organization for parents of eating disorder patients. She is also owner of Circum Mensam LLC, where she is a consultant and educator. She has been an invited speaker for many organizations. Collins is also frequently interviewed by the media, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, BBC News, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times.