News

    New International Study Paves the Way for Better Understanding of Diagnostic Categories of Eating Disorders in Children

    January 30, 2017

    The age of onset of anorexia nervosa is decreasing, resulting in more children being diagnosed with eating disorders. In an effort to better understand eating problems in children, researchers analyzed data from psychiatrists and pediatricians in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The sample included 436 children, aged 5-12 years old, and revealed two distinct patient groups within those experiencing the symptom of restriction, meaning food avoidance. This study, “Classification of Childhood Onset Eating Disorders: A latent class analysis,” appears in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Read the full press release here.


    International Conference on Eating Disorders Will Embrace Diverse Perspectives in Treatment, Prevention and Research

    December 16, 2016

    Eating disorders affect people all over the world. They are found in all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, body shapes and weights. To address the broad scope of eating disorders, diverse approaches are needed. Embracing this diversity is the goal of the 2017 International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), hosted by the Academy of Eating Disorders, June 8-10, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Read the full press release here
     

    AED Advocates for Early Intervention and Specialized Care for Eating Disorders Treatment in Response to Morristown, NJ Ruling

    December 15, 2016
    AED advocates and comments on the Morristown, NJ ruling allowing a 29-year-old woman diagnosed with anorexia nervosa to choose palliative care as opposed to force-feeding. Read the full press release here.  

     

    US Congress Passes Historic Eating Disorders Legislation

    December 9, 2016
    On December 7, 2016, the US Congress passed the 21st Century Cures and Mental Health Reform Act, which is a comprehensive mental health bill that includes provisions from the Anna Westin Act, which are focused on strengthening and clarifying current mental health parity laws. Read the full press release here.


    AED Issues Video Press Release on the Nine Truths

    November 30, 2016
    AED issued its inaugural video press release featuring the Nine Truths About Eating Disorders. 
    In the face of many myths, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) releases “Nine Truths About Eating Disorders” in order to clarify public understanding. Produced in collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, who serves as distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Nine Truths” is based on Dr. Bulik’s 2014 “9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted” talk at the National Institute of Mental Health. The 9 Truths About Eating Disorders are now available in multiple languages. View the video press release here

     

     

    Medical Comorbidities Linked With Binge-Eating Disorder: Important Information For Clinicians And Primary Care Physicians

    September 20, 2016
    Results from a new study reveal that binge-eating disorder (BED) is associated with increased risk of multiple medical comorbidities.
    Results demonstrated that people who have suffered from BED at any point in their life are at increased risk for a range of illnesses affecting the gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, circulatory, neurologic, respiratory, skin, genitourinary, immune, and endocrine systems. Read the full press release here.

     

    AED Calls for the FDA to Revoke its Approval of AspireAssist

    August 2016

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an obesity treatment device, AspireAssist. The device, which consists of a tube placed inside the user’s stomach and connected to a pump, is designed to encourage the patient to drain a portion of the content after every meal in order to assist with weight loss—essentially enabling purging.  Read AED's open letter to the FDA urging them to revoke its approval of AspireAssist here.

     

    AED Congratulates JCPenney’s “Here I Am” Campaign

    July 13, 2016
    As a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment and prevention, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) congratulates JCPenney’s marketing campaign for their new plus-size clothing line, "Here I Am". View the campaign and our full statement here.     

    Key Eating Disorders Legislation Passes the U.S. House of Representatives as Part of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

    July 8, 2016  
    Potential improvement in mental health issues ranging from eating disorders to suicide has become more hopeful and more possible than it was just days ago. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the historic Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (HR 2646) – a bill that signifies forward movement in mental health. Read the full press release here.


    The Academy for Eating Disorders Expresses Concern About the FDA Approval of A Mechanized Purging Device

    July 5, 2016 
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an obesity treatment device, AspireAssist. The device, which consists of a tube placed inside the user’s stomach and connected to a pump, is designed to encourage the patient to drain a portion of the content after every meal in order to assist with weight loss—essentially enabling purging. Some have called it a mechanized form of the eating disorder, bulimia nervosa. 
    Read the full press release here.


    AMA Urges Equal Health Care Access for Eating Disorders

    June 15, 2016
    In recognition of the importance of parity for eating disorders treatment, the American Medical Association (AMA) has recently established the Equal Access to Health Care for Eating Disorders Resolution, a policy that urges equal health care access and payment for eating disorders. Borne out of grassroots advocacy, the resolution was initially developed by a first-year medical student (Kieran McAvoy) who won a scholarship to attend the 2016 International Conference on Eating Disorders through the Erin Riederer Foundation. The resolution was subsequently presented to the AMA at their national conference and was approved in Chicago in early June, 2016. Read the full press release here. 

     

Advocacy & Publications

    AED Publications 

    AED Forum Newsletter 

    The official newsletter of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the AED Forum

    International Journal of Eating Disorders

    The official journal of the Academy for Eating Disorders

    Guide to Recognition/Management

    Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders

    DSM 5 Feeding and Eating Disorders

    Reference card for five primary feeding and Eating Disorder















     

     

    Advocacy Efforts

    The Academy for Eating Disorders is an international transdisciplinary professional organization that promotes excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Together, the AED community advocates for the field of eating disorders on behalf of patients, the public and professionals. 

    Position Statements

    AED releases statements on issues related to eating disorders on a periodic basis. Recent Academy position papers include:

      • Facts and Concerns About School-Based BMI Screening, Surveillance and Reporting (October 2014) - Read the statement



      • Eating Disorders – A Hidden Phenomenon in Outpatient Mental Health? (October 2013) - Read the article.


      • AED Emphasizes Physical Health More than BMI for Boy Scouts of America's New Fitness Guidelines (July 2013) -  Read the statement.



    Read More AED Position Statements

     

     

Resources

    For the Professional



    Don't Miss the Next AED Twitter Chat

     "The Use of Telemedicine in the Treatment of Eating Disorders"

    AED Forum Newsletter 

    Check out the latest Issue of the AED Forum e-newsletter.

    Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

    AED's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together members with personal and professional interests.

    Read the Latest Issue of IJED 

    The October 2016 issue of the International Journal of Eating Disorders is now Available.


    For the Public

    Guide to Recognition/Management

    Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders

    About the AED

    Learn more about the Academy for Eating Disorders and how you can get involved.

    About Eating Disorders

    The Academy for Eating Disorders is committed to disseminating information regarding these disorders to both educate, prevent and assist those in need.

    Eating Disorder Videos

    To better educate the public on eating disorders, the AED provides a list of helpful videos available on a variety of topics. 

    Donate to the AED

    Your tax-deductible gift can be targeted to one of a variety of AED programs.

     
     

AED Bookstore

    AED Bookstore

     

    AED has partnered with Powell's Bookstore to provide the best prices on more than 200 suggested titles for eating disorders professionals and the general public. For each book purchased through the AED Bookstore, AED will receive a 7.5% dividend. So, your purchases are helping support AED operations!

    See the books below and check out more books on eating disorders at AED's Bookstore Partner, Powell's.

     

     

    AED Featured Titles

    Proceeds from the below books benefit the AED:

    Image

     

    Kathy Kater has generously pledged to donate all profits from her latest book, Healthy Bodies: Teaching Kids What They Need to Know, to the AED. Promoting health instead of size, this book offers a comprehensive, primary prevention curriculum for addressing body image, eating, fitness, and weight concerns in today's challenging environment.

    Purchase your copy today 

     

     

     

    Aimee Liu's book

     

    Aimee Liu has generously pledged to donate proceeds from her latest book, Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives, to the AED Scholarship Fund. 

    Purchase your copy today

     

     









     

     

     

     

     

     

    New International Study Paves the Way for Better Understanding of Diagnostic Categories of Eating Disorders in Children

    January 30, 2017

    The age of onset of anorexia nervosa is decreasing, resulting in more children being diagnosed with eating disorders. In an effort to better understand eating problems in children, researchers analyzed data from psychiatrists and pediatricians in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The sample included 436 children, aged 5-12 years old, and revealed two distinct patient groups within those experiencing the symptom of restriction, meaning food avoidance. This study, “Classification of Childhood Onset Eating Disorders: A latent class analysis,” appears in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Read the full press release here.


    International Conference on Eating Disorders Will Embrace Diverse Perspectives in Treatment, Prevention and Research

    December 16, 2016

    Eating disorders affect people all over the world. They are found in all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, body shapes and weights. To address the broad scope of eating disorders, diverse approaches are needed. Embracing this diversity is the goal of the 2017 International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), hosted by the Academy of Eating Disorders, June 8-10, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Read the full press release here
     

    AED Advocates for Early Intervention and Specialized Care for Eating Disorders Treatment in Response to Morristown, NJ Ruling

    December 15, 2016
    AED advocates and comments on the Morristown, NJ ruling allowing a 29-year-old woman diagnosed with anorexia nervosa to choose palliative care as opposed to force-feeding. Read the full press release here.  

     

    US Congress Passes Historic Eating Disorders Legislation

    December 9, 2016
    On December 7, 2016, the US Congress passed the 21st Century Cures and Mental Health Reform Act, which is a comprehensive mental health bill that includes provisions from the Anna Westin Act, which are focused on strengthening and clarifying current mental health parity laws. Read the full press release here.


    AED Issues Video Press Release on the Nine Truths

    November 30, 2016
    AED issued its inaugural video press release featuring the Nine Truths About Eating Disorders. 
    In the face of many myths, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) releases “Nine Truths About Eating Disorders” in order to clarify public understanding. Produced in collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, who serves as distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Nine Truths” is based on Dr. Bulik’s 2014 “9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted” talk at the National Institute of Mental Health. The 9 Truths About Eating Disorders are now available in multiple languages. View the video press release here

     

     

    Medical Comorbidities Linked With Binge-Eating Disorder: Important Information For Clinicians And Primary Care Physicians

    September 20, 2016
    Results from a new study reveal that binge-eating disorder (BED) is associated with increased risk of multiple medical comorbidities.
    Results demonstrated that people who have suffered from BED at any point in their life are at increased risk for a range of illnesses affecting the gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, circulatory, neurologic, respiratory, skin, genitourinary, immune, and endocrine systems. Read the full press release here.

     

    AED Calls for the FDA to Revoke its Approval of AspireAssist

    August 2016

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an obesity treatment device, AspireAssist. The device, which consists of a tube placed inside the user’s stomach and connected to a pump, is designed to encourage the patient to drain a portion of the content after every meal in order to assist with weight loss—essentially enabling purging.  Read AED's open letter to the FDA urging them to revoke its approval of AspireAssist here.

     

    AED Congratulates JCPenney’s “Here I Am” Campaign

    July 13, 2016
    As a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment and prevention, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) congratulates JCPenney’s marketing campaign for their new plus-size clothing line, "Here I Am". View the campaign and our full statement here.     

    Key Eating Disorders Legislation Passes the U.S. House of Representatives as Part of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

    July 8, 2016  
    Potential improvement in mental health issues ranging from eating disorders to suicide has become more hopeful and more possible than it was just days ago. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the historic Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (HR 2646) – a bill that signifies forward movement in mental health. Read the full press release here.


    The Academy for Eating Disorders Expresses Concern About the FDA Approval of A Mechanized Purging Device

    July 5, 2016 
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an obesity treatment device, AspireAssist. The device, which consists of a tube placed inside the user’s stomach and connected to a pump, is designed to encourage the patient to drain a portion of the content after every meal in order to assist with weight loss—essentially enabling purging. Some have called it a mechanized form of the eating disorder, bulimia nervosa. 
    Read the full press release here.


    AMA Urges Equal Health Care Access for Eating Disorders

    June 15, 2016
    In recognition of the importance of parity for eating disorders treatment, the American Medical Association (AMA) has recently established the Equal Access to Health Care for Eating Disorders Resolution, a policy that urges equal health care access and payment for eating disorders. Borne out of grassroots advocacy, the resolution was initially developed by a first-year medical student (Kieran McAvoy) who won a scholarship to attend the 2016 International Conference on Eating Disorders through the Erin Riederer Foundation. The resolution was subsequently presented to the AMA at their national conference and was approved in Chicago in early June, 2016. Read the full press release here. 

     

    AED Publications 

    AED Forum Newsletter 

    The official newsletter of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the AED Forum

    International Journal of Eating Disorders

    The official journal of the Academy for Eating Disorders

    Guide to Recognition/Management

    Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders

    DSM 5 Feeding and Eating Disorders

    Reference card for five primary feeding and Eating Disorder















     

     

    Advocacy Efforts

    The Academy for Eating Disorders is an international transdisciplinary professional organization that promotes excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Together, the AED community advocates for the field of eating disorders on behalf of patients, the public and professionals. 

    Position Statements

    AED releases statements on issues related to eating disorders on a periodic basis. Recent Academy position papers include:

      • Facts and Concerns About School-Based BMI Screening, Surveillance and Reporting (October 2014) - Read the statement



      • Eating Disorders – A Hidden Phenomenon in Outpatient Mental Health? (October 2013) - Read the article.


      • AED Emphasizes Physical Health More than BMI for Boy Scouts of America's New Fitness Guidelines (July 2013) -  Read the statement.



    Read More AED Position Statements

     

     

    For the Professional



    Don't Miss the Next AED Twitter Chat

     "The Use of Telemedicine in the Treatment of Eating Disorders"

    AED Forum Newsletter 

    Check out the latest Issue of the AED Forum e-newsletter.

    Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

    AED's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together members with personal and professional interests.

    Read the Latest Issue of IJED 

    The October 2016 issue of the International Journal of Eating Disorders is now Available.


    For the Public

    Guide to Recognition/Management

    Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders

    About the AED

    Learn more about the Academy for Eating Disorders and how you can get involved.

    About Eating Disorders

    The Academy for Eating Disorders is committed to disseminating information regarding these disorders to both educate, prevent and assist those in need.

    Eating Disorder Videos

    To better educate the public on eating disorders, the AED provides a list of helpful videos available on a variety of topics. 

    Donate to the AED

    Your tax-deductible gift can be targeted to one of a variety of AED programs.

     
     

    AED Bookstore

     

    AED has partnered with Powell's Bookstore to provide the best prices on more than 200 suggested titles for eating disorders professionals and the general public. For each book purchased through the AED Bookstore, AED will receive a 7.5% dividend. So, your purchases are helping support AED operations!

    See the books below and check out more books on eating disorders at AED's Bookstore Partner, Powell's.

     

     

    AED Featured Titles

    Proceeds from the below books benefit the AED:

    Image

     

    Kathy Kater has generously pledged to donate all profits from her latest book, Healthy Bodies: Teaching Kids What They Need to Know, to the AED. Promoting health instead of size, this book offers a comprehensive, primary prevention curriculum for addressing body image, eating, fitness, and weight concerns in today's challenging environment.

    Purchase your copy today 

     

     

     

    Aimee Liu's book

     

    Aimee Liu has generously pledged to donate proceeds from her latest book, Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives, to the AED Scholarship Fund. 

    Purchase your copy today