Binge Eating Disorder

Actually, Telling Your Child She (or He) is Fat is Not the Best Thing Ever

By: 
Maggi Flaherty, Communications Manager

This week, Time published an online article entitled in its “Ideas” section, “My Mother Told Me I Was Fat, and It Was the Best Thing Ever” in which author Charlotte Alter recounts a conversation her mom had with her at the age of twelve about losing weight.

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The Voice in Your Head

By: 
Lois Metzger

About ten years ago, I got intensely interested in the complex world of eating disorders after reading a newspaper article about a teenage boy with anorexia—which shocked me, because I’d had no idea boys or men could even get eating disorders.  Of course, this was only my first shock.

I dove into the subject and read everything I could get my hands on—novels, nonfiction books, articles; I watched personal accounts on YouTube, and met with doctors and their former patients.  What I found was something that kept coming up again and again:

The voice in your head.

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Day 1 of the NEDA Conference: Challenging the Field to Move Forward

By: 
Maggi Flaherty, Communications Manager

As always, the first day of the conference was full of informative and inspirational presentations by all of our speakers, but this year's general sessions had a notable proactive tenor to them - they challenged all of us to move forward and grow as a field.

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Weight Stigma and My Eating Disorder: A Personal Story

By: 
Teresa Henry

When I was a child, teen and young adult a series of traumatic events, hurtful words, and a dysfunctional environment led me to develop this coping mechanism called an eating disorder.  My eating disorder spanned over twenty years of my life bouncing back and forth between anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.  At one time or another my weight was at one end of a spectrum to another.  The scale or the size of my pants became a measure of my worth.  My weight was a number that became my value system.  Magazines and media shout loudly at the world saying that what we look like, what we wear or

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Infographic: Binge Eating Disorder

By: 
Brittany Cullen

Designed by Brittany Cullen

The infographic can also be viewed as a PDF.

Binge Eating Disorders Infographic

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DSM-5: A Triumph for People With Out-of-Control Eating Issues

By: 
Sunny Sea Gold

DSM ImageFor people with out-of-control eating issues, the publication of the new DSM-V is nothing short of a triumph. Why? Binge Eating Disorder (BED) has finally gotten its own diagnosis code identifying it as a mental health issue separate from other EDs like anorexia and bulimia.

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New in the DSM-5: Binge Eating Disorder

By: 
Russell Marx

It’s official!  Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is now an actual eating disorder diagnosis in the DSM-5 which was released by the American Psychiatric Association in May 2013. DSM stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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Binge Eating Disorder to be Added to DSM-5

By: 
Lauren Smolar

The "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM) is due to be publishing the fifth edition in May 2013.  As mental health professionals eagerly await the publication, those in the eating disorder specialization are among them.  The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is most excited about the change in the DSM-5, moving Binge Eating Disorder (BED) from something previously mentioned in Appendix B as a topic for further discussion, to a recognized illness.  This change can prove to be significant for many reasons.

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