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February 15, 2016

Binge Eating Disorder & National Eating Disorder Awareness Month

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Contributor: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC, CEO @ Eating Disorder Hope

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week will run from February 22nd through February 28th, 2016. This is a national event designed to educate, create awareness and develop prevention in eating disorders.

At Eating Disorder Hope, we feel it is particularly important to focus on Binge Eating Disorder awareness as this is a fairly new diagnosis acknowledged in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Edition 5. This was published in May, 2013.

Treatment options have exploded now that Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is considered an official eating disorder by treatment providers, the medical community and insurance companies.

This is important because it means that the 2.8 million US citizens struggling with binge eating disorder can now obtain effective and empirically based (scientifically back up) treatment.

Binge eating disorder treatment can be obtained through the following options:

  1. Outpatient Care: working with a nutritionist, physician and therapist.
  2. Intensive Outpatient Care: meeting regularly with a skilled treatment team at one location, 2 or 3 times a week for intensive nutritional, physical and psychological treatment.
  3. Partial Hospitalization Program: meeting more frequently (possibly 5 days a week) with a skilled treatment team at one location, 2 or 3 times a week for intensive nutritional, physical and psychological treatment.
  4. Residential Treatment: Residing at a treatment facility for highly intensive nutritional, physical and psychological treatment.
  5. Inpatient Care: : Residing at a hospital or medical facility for 24 hour care for highly intensive nutritional, physical and psychological treatment.

We welcome the opportunity to shine a light on the suffering that binge eating disorder causes during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Events

It is a unique opportunity to share the causes, prevalence and treatment options for this eating disorder with a captive audience. Please check out these exciting events designed to educate and create awareness of binge eating disorder and eating disorders, in general.

  • People Talking Around Table - 9-11-12February 22: “Eating Disorder Recovery: Relapse Forwards or Backwards” Google Hangout with Dr. Kim Dennis, Timberline Knolls. Join us for a Google Hangout at 12:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM PST with Dr. Kim Dennis, MD, she is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, addictions recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders.
  • February 23: Twitter Chat hosted by NEDA – “Getting Healthy – The Many Faces of Eating Disorder Recovery” February 23rd at 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST. Join NEDA with Eric Ceballos, Nikki DuBose, Mental Health America, Gender Spectrum and Eating Disorder Hope on February 23rd – In this tweet chat, we will be discussing the many facets of recovery, including tools to stand up to ED, what resources are available, why relapse does not mean failure, and how recovery will be greater than imagined.
  • February 25: Food, Body, and Self. Time: 6:30 p.m. EST. Location: Brown University, Rhode Island Hall, Room 108 – Providence, RI. Details: Brown University is hosting a panel discussion on how eating disorders and related issues affect college students. Contact: [email protected]
  • February 27: 5th Annual celebrating everyBODY: A Walk for Eating Disorders Awareness (1 mile). Saturday, February 27, 2016. Registration begins at 9:00 am, Program begins at 9:30 am at a NEW VENUE! Sunset Cove Amphitheater, South County Regional Park, Boca Raton, FL

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Sources:
Hudson JI, Hiripi E, Pope HG, Kessler RC. The prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Biological Psychiatry. 2007; 61:348-58


About the author:

Jacquelyn EkernJacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC – Founder & Director

Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC founded Eating Disorder Hope in 2005, driven by a profound desire to help those struggling with anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. This passion resulted from her battle with, and recovery from, an eating disorder. As president, Jacquelyn manages Ekern Enterprises, Inc. and the Eating Disorder Hope website. In addition, she is a fully licensed therapist with a closed private counseling practice specializing in the treatment of eating disorders.

Jacquelyn has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree from The University of Phoenix and a Masters degree in Counseling/Psychology, from Capella University. She has extensive experience in the eating disorder field including advanced education in psychology, participation and contributions to additional eating disorder groups, symposiums, and professional associations. She is a member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).

Jacquelyn enjoys art, working out, walking her golden retriever “Cowgirl”, reading, painting and time with family.
Although Eating Disorder Hope was founded by Jacquelyn Ekern, this organization would not be possible without support from our generous sponsors.


The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.

We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on February 15, 2016
Published on EatingDisorderHope.com

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