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Binge Eating Disorder Association Celebrates Inclusion of Binge Eating Disorder in the DSM-5

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Severna Park, MD (PRWEB) December 12, 2012

The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) celebrates the inclusion of binge eating disorder (BED) as an official diagnosis in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5), to be published in May 2013.

“We have worked hard with health policy makers and researchers to advocate for the inclusion of BED in the DSM 5,” states Chevese Turner, BEDA founder and chief executive officer. “This is long-awaited validation for the more than 10 million people who have long suffered from the misunderstanding and lack of recognition of binge eating disorder, which is the most common eating disorder. Inclusion of binge eating disorder in the DSM-5 is an enormous step forward for prevention, research, education, and treatment of the disorder. Children, adolescents, and adults with binge eating disorder will no longer have to suffer in shame and silence.”

Published more than 20 years ago, the last edition of the DSM lumped binge eating disorder into the “Eating Disorders--Not Otherwise Specified” diagnosis. This meant more research was necessary to determine if binge eating disorder truly warranted recognition as its own designation. More than 1,000 papers have been published on binge eating disorder since then, establishing a strong argument for inclusion in the upcoming DSM-5 publication.

"Inclusion of binge eating disorder in the DSM-5 represents a giant scientific leap forward in psychiatry and validates the suffering the millions of men and women experiencing this condition endure,” says Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS, founder and executive director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers. “For too long, binge eating disorder has been overlooked and misunderstood, with treatment denied or focused on simplistic behavior interventions targeting weight loss, which evidence has repeatedly shown do not work. Shame intensifies when those with the disorder fail to respond to these interventions and don’t understand their behavior. This further entrenches their disordered eating and associated symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other conditions.

“With DSM-5 inclusion, we enter a new era, where those with binge eating disorder will understand that it is a debilitating psychiatric condition that requires intensive multidisciplinary treatment—but is treatable,” continues Oliver-Pyatt. “There is new hope that shame around binge eating disorder and its symptoms will be lifted and doors to long-overdue treatments will be opened.”

BEDA is the national organization focused on increasing prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of binge eating disorder and associated weight stigma. Through outreach, education and resources, BEDA is committed to facilitating awareness, excellence in care, and recovery for those who live with and those who treat binge eating disorder and its associated conditions. For more information, visit

Treatment providers and individuals with the disorder can deepen their knowledge of binge eating disorder (BED)—also referred to as emotional or compulsive eating or food addiction—and gain essential tools for effective treatment and lasting recovery at the BEDA 2013 National Conference in Bethesda, MD, March 8-10, 2013. For full details, visit

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