Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
Located in Deerfield, Illinois, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) strives for both education and practicality as it grows along with the number of eating disorder cases it sees every year.
111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100
Deerfield, IL 60015 USA
Telephone: (847) 498- 4274
Fax: (847) 480- 9282
On Facebook: Academy for Eating Disorders and Twitter @aedweb
Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) was founded to help those who have BED, their friends and family, and those who treat the disorder.
637 Emerson Place
Severna Park, MD 21146, USA
Telephone: (855) 855- BEDA (2332)
Fax: (410) 741- 3037
On Facebook: Binge Eating Disorder Association and Twitter @BEDAorg
Eating Disorders Coalition
The Eating Disorders Coalition’s mission is “. . . to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority.”
720 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001, USA
Telephone: (202) 543- 9570
On Facebook: Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action
Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)
F.E.A.S.T. is an international organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence- based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.
P.O. Box 331
Warrenton, VA 20188 USA
Telephone: (540) 227- 8518
Skype name: F.E.A.S.T.
On Facebook: F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered And Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) and Twitter @FEASTtweets
Health at Every Size (HAES)
HAES is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control).
National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (N.A.M.E.D.)
N.A.M.E.D. provides support to and resources about men with eating disorders.
Naples, FL 34112
Telephone: (877) 780- 0080 toll- free or (239) 775- 1145
On Facebook: The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, Inc. (N.A.M.E.D.)
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and BED and those concerned with body image and weight issues.
165 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036 USA
Telephone: 1 (800) 931- 2237 toll- free or (212) 575- 6200
Fax: (212) 575- 1650
On Facebook: National Eating Disorders Association and Twitter @NEDAstaff
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Long recognized as a “go- to source” for all things mental health, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers a wide variety of information and services for those in need.
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892- 9663 USA
Telephone: 1 (866) 615- 6464 toll- free or (301) 443- 4513
Fax: (301) 443- 4279
On Facebook: National Institute of Mental Health and Twitter @NIMHgov
The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University is a nonprofit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma.
309 Edwards Street
New Haven, CT 06511 USA
Telephone: (203) 432- 6700
Fax: (203) 432- 9674
On Facebook: Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity and Twitter @YaleRuddCenter
Beating Eating Disorders (BEAT) (United Kingdom)
BEAT provides help lines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the United Kingdom beat their eating disorders.
The Butterfly Foundation (Australia)
The Butterfly Foundation is dedicated to bringing about change to the culture, policy and practice in the prevention, treatment, and support of those affected by eating disorders and negative body image.
Eating Difficulties Education Network (EDEN) (Auckland, New Zealand)
EDEN is a nonprofit community agency based in Auckland, New Zealand. Their purpose is to promote body trust and satisfaction, size acceptance, and diversity on an individual and societal level.
Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand (EDANZ)
EDANZ was established to provide support and education for parents and caregivers of people with eating disorders. The society was established in September 2007 by a group of Auckland parents who all have children with eating disorders.
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is a Canadian nonprofit organization that provides information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.
200 Elizabeth Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(866) NEDIC- 20 (866- 633- 4220) toll- free or Toronto (416) 340- 4156
On Facebook: NEDIC— National Eating Disorder Information Centre and Twitter @nedic85
What Are Eating Disorders?
Although there are formal guidelines that health care professionals use to diagnose eating disorders [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR)(American Psychiatric Association, 2000)], unhealthy eating behaviors exist on a continuum. Even if a person does not meet formal criteria for an eating disorder, she or he may be experiencing unhealthy eating behaviors that cause substantial distress and may be detrimental to both physical and psychological health.
The terms below are the official diagnostic categories, but eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. In the real world, many people are exceptions to these rules. Just because you don’t fit a diagnostic category to the letter does not mean you don’t need and deserve help.
The landscape of eating disorders will soon change with the publication of DSM-5. For now, proposed changes to the eating disorders section can be viewed at http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx.
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Amenorrhea will no longer be a diagnostic criterion in DSM-5. There are two subtypes of anorexia nervosa. In the restricting subtype, people maintain their low body weight purely by restricting food intake and, possibly, by exercise. Individuals with the binge-eating/purging type also restrict their food intake, but also regularly engage in binge eating and/or purging behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics or enemas. Many people move back and forth between subtypes during the course of their illness.
What is Bulimia Nervosa?
Individuals with bulimia nervosa often feel as if their self-worth is dependent on their weight or shape.
Formal diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa require binge eating at least twice weekly for at least three months, but this will change to once a week in DSM-5. However, regardless of frequency, these behaviors are concerning and can have adverse physical and psychological consequences.
There are also two subtypes of bulimia nervosa. The purging type includes those individuals who self-induce vomiting or use of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas. The non-purging type refers to those who compensate through excessive exercising or dietary fasting.
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
What Are Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)?
How Common are Eating Disorders?
How Common are Eating and Weight Concerns in Women Over 50?
- 8% of women reported purging in the last five years
- 3.5% reported binge eating in the last month
- 70% were trying to lose weight
- 62% of women claimed that their weight or shape negatively impacted on their life
- 79% said that their weight or shape affected their self-perception
- 64% said that they thought about their weight or shape daily
- 7.5% used diet pills
- 7% engaged in excessive exercise
- 2.5% used diuretics (water pills)
- 2% used laxatives for weight loss
- 1% reported self-inducing vomiting
- 66%, were unhappy with their overall appearance and this was highest when it came to their stomach