To help patients become the expert in the room.
Patient advocacy is a practice wherein the focus is on empowering patients. Health care provision these days renders both patient and practitioner progressively more responsible for having the health care delivery system run smoothly rather than realize the best outcomes for the patient.
In an excessively fattist and healthist society (wherein we discriminate against and stigmatize those with fatness and/or illness), the opportunity to receive adequate care and support when one has an active eating disorder is poor. Not only are there inadequate services to begin with, but the majority with the condition is excluded from adequate care exclusively on the unscientific premise that body mass reflects health status.
The Eating Disorder Institute provides scientific data for the purpose of having it applied in real-life circumstances, with presumed explicit support and advice from qualified health care providers, either to mitigate quality and length of life impacts and/or to navigate this chronic condition into a state of full remission.