Our Story

The Global Foundation for Eating Disorders is an aggregate of business leaders, researchers and clinicians whose mission is to eliminate eating disorders.

GFED was founded in the spring of 2011 by Leah Harris, Dr. Diane Mickley, and Rebecca Parekh.

Eating disorders affect us all. It is estimated that 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives—1 of every 10 people we know. It is imperative we give these life-threatening illnesses the attention they deserve and stimulate research to treat and cure the millions struggling with them.

Leah Komar Harris Co-Founder and Chair of the Board

Leah Komar Harris

Co-Founder and Chair of the Board
Leah Komar Harris is a principal owner of the Komar Company, a privately-held, family-run company founded in 1908 that has consistently been a leader in the industry for the design, marketing, sourcing, and distribution of Sleepwear, Intimates, Kids, Layering and Lifestyle brands with a network of factories in 14 different countries and distribution centers in the US, Europe and China. Komar is a global organization that maintains an efficient, transparent, and approachable style to business.
Leah has put her passions into numerous philanthropic endeavors by coordinating fundraising efforts for the USA America’s Cup campaign as well as previously serving as the Director of Development for the Eagle Hill School, a school designed for bright, capable students experiencing academic difficulties because of learning disabilities.
Dr. Diane Mickley, MD, FAED Co-Founder, Board Member

Dr. Diane Mickley, MD, FAED

Co-Founder, Board Member

Diane Mickley is a physician who saves lives.  As Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and the Founder and Director of the Wilkins Center, which has provided highly effective, highly personalized care to over 8,000 individuals – she has helped many to overcome the devastating effects of eating disorders and lead healthier lives.

An internationally- recognized expert in treating individuals with eating disorders and weight control issues, Diane has received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership and contributions to both her profession and community. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Clinician of the Year award from the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and the National Eating Disorders Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. As a Founding Fellow for AED and the Past President of both the American Anorexia and Bulimia Association and the National Eating Disorder Association, Diane has been influential in advancing the treatment of eating disorders through clinical research, hands-on treatment, and organizational leadership.