AED Sister Organizations
AED Welcomes Its Sister and Affiliate Organizations
The AED establishes formal collaborations with organizations of eating disorder professionals around the globe who share the AED’s mission of promoting the treatment, research, and prevention of eating disorders. The Sisterhood, Chapter and Affiliate Committee, established in 2009, seeks out suitable Sister Organizations (national multidisciplinary ED organizations) and Affiliate Organizations (organizations of single disciplines or those dedicated to individuals with ED) and helps build mutually beneficial collaborations with and between them. The AED welcomes its first Affiliate Organizations, SCAN and EDSECT (see below). The AED also has ten AED Sister Organizations and one Chapter:
Argentina: Transdisciplinary Obesity Society (Argentina), Sociedad Transdisciplinaria de Obesidad (STO)
Australia/New Zealand: The Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
Austria: The Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED), Österreichische Gesellschaft für Essstörungen (ÖGES)
Canada: Eating Disorder Association of Canada (EDAC)
Chile: The Chilean Society for the Study of Eating Disorders, Sociedad Chilena para los Estudios de los Trastornos Alimentarious (SETA)
Germany: The German Eating Disorder Society, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Essstörungen (DGESS)
Iceland: The Icelandic Eating Disorder Association (IEDA), Félag fagfólks um átraskanir (FFÁ)
Israel: The Israel Association for Eating Disorders (IAED)
Italy: Italian Society of Eating Behavior Psychopathology (SIPA)
Latin America: Hispano Latino American Chapter
Mexico: Mexican Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, Asociación Mexicana de Trastornos Alimentarios (AMTA)
Netherlands: Dutch Academy for Eating Disorders, Nederlandse Academie voor Eetstoornissen (NAE)
Poland: Polish National Center for Eating Disorders (PNCED), Ogólnopolskie Centrum Zaburzeń Odżywiania
Sports/Cardiovascular/Wellness/Nutrition: Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN)
Sweden: The Swedish Eating Disorder Society (SEDS)
Switzerland: Expert Network Eating Disorders Switzerland, Experten- Netzwerk Essstörungen Schweiz (ENES), Réseau Expert Suisse Troubles Alimentaires (RESTA)
United Kingdom: Eating Disorders Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (EDSECT)
Sister Organization since January 2010
The STO was established in Argentina to improve the quality of life of people suffering from obesity and eating disorders. We aim to promote healthy life habits and fight against the obesity epidemic and eating disorders by facilitating research, academic activities, and an exchange of information between different sectors of society.
An important part of our mission is to help create a friendlier and healthier environment for people with obesity and eating disorders. We like to think of our organization as a “big umbrella” under which different areas related to obesity and eating disorders come together. These include health, economics, education, pharmaceutics, food industries, public health, physical activity, urban transportation and design, and communication. We believe that integration of this kind is the key to a better future for the field of eating disorders and obesity.
Web site: http://www.drcormillot.com/sto/
Sister Organization since June 2006
The Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) is a young and active multidisciplinary organization that aims to represent and support the activities of all professionals working "downunder" in the field of eating disorders and related issues. Our first scientific meeting was in 2003 and from a 'zero budget' and boundless optimism the attendance and membership has grown every year since.
The Founding President was the late Professor Beumont who had a remarkable ability to bring us together accross both geographic and professional boundaries. ANZAED works with our sister organizations internationally in a number of domains including acknowledging and endorsing position statements, sharing scholarships for young investigators and general networking. More information can be found on our web page: http://www.anzaed.org.au/
The Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED)
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Essstörungen
The Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED) is a scientific society which was founded in 2000 as a non profit organisation. The ASED is the first Scientific Society on Eating Disorders in German speaking countries.
The activities of the ASED are interdisciplinary, unifying all academic and clinical professions aiming at improvement of early detection, treatment, prevention and research of eating disorders as well as the development and support of health promotion regarding eating behaviour, body and self-image in order to reduce the incidence of eating disorders. The ASED is dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders triggered by a social thinness-obsession and prejudices against certain body or weight forms. Membership is available for all those working in any psychosocial field dealing with eating disorders (early detection, diagnosis, consultation and treatment, prevention and health promotion regarding eating behavior, body and self-image) as well as legal entities. Members have the right to participate in all events and to use all institutional offers of the society.
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Essstörungen (ÖGES/ASED)
c/o Zentrum für Essstörungen ZfE
Weiherburggasse 1A, A-6020 Innsbruck
The ASED is dedicated to:
- developing a network of various psychosocial professionals specialised in eating disorders.
- promoting training in early detection, diagnosis, counselling and treatment.
- promoting scientific research in early detection, diagnosis, counselling, treatment & prognosis; prevention and health promotion regarding eating disorders.
- developing guidelines for treatment, professional education & training and professional ethical behaviour in the field of eating disorders.
- improving interdisciplinary co-operation particularly with obesity experts.
- developing and evaluating health promotion measures in the field of eating behaviour, body & self-image in order to decrease the incidence of eating disorders and to maximise the development of individual potentialities.
- providing consultation for & co-operation with public and private institutions relevant to the Society's purposes.
- fostering international co-operation in these fields.
- increasing public awareness about the harmful consequences of thinness-obsession in the society and on the devaluation of one's natural figure and body forms.
Current Board of Directors:
President: Günther Rathner, Ph.D.
Vice Presidents: Karin Waldherr, M.Sc., Sc.D.; Andreas Karwautz, M.D., FAED
Secretary: Rahel Jahoda, M.Sc.
Vice Secretary and AED Liason: Ursula F. Bailer, M.D., FAED
Treasurer: Maria Seiwald, M.A.
The following are the ASED’s main activities:
- Providing Eating Disorders Professional Training (Postgraduate Training Course in Treatment of Eating Disorders, since 2000; Viennese Postgraduate Course on Eating Disorders and Associated Disorders, yearly since 2009)
- ASED Web site and ASED Newsletter (Includes research and treatment updates, member information, public health information; online search for eating disorder treatment experts, and ASED news)
- International co-operation with other European ED societies (the ASED has organised and chaired the 1st European Panel Discussion Eating Disorders Scientific Societies: ECED Innsbruck 2005; and the 2nd European Panel Discussion Eating Disorders Scientific Societies: Jubilee Congress ED Alpbach 2010) as well as with Patient & Carer Organisations (the ASED has organised and chaired the 1st European Panel Discussion: ED Patient & Carer Organisations ECED Innsbruck 2005; and the 2nd European Panel Discussion: ED Patient & Carer Organisations Jubilee Congress ED Alpbach 2010); active participation in the AED sisterhoodship
Sister Organization since February 2010
The Eating Disorders Association of Canada/Association des Troubles Alimentaires du Canada (EDAC/ATAC) is a Canadian organization of professionals in the field of eating disorders and related areas.The mandate of EDAC/ATAC is to best serve the needs of those whose lives are impacted by eating disorders. Central to this mandate are the following objectives: to educate each other regarding best practices; to encourage sharing of information amongst EDAC/ATAC members about all issues of eating disorders care; to promote a reflective and responsive approach in the provision of care and amongst providers; and to stimulate and support research in the field of eating disorders.
The association took shape in 2006 when a group of eating disorder professionals from across Canada began a dialogue to establish a national body that would unite those interested in eating disorders from across the broad geography of Canada. A steering group was formed and an inaugural meeting was held in Calgary, Alberta in February 2008. Later that year EDAC-ATAC was incorporated with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. Three Directors were named from the steering group, Drs Leora Pinhas (President), Eric Vicker (Treasurer) and David Pilon (Director-at-large). By-laws were drafted articulating the structure, governance, membership, nomination and election process, meetings, committees, sections, finances and dissolution of the association. Elections for the unfilled members of the Board will take place at the second meeting to be held in Toronto in November 2010. The Board will consist of: the President; immediate Past-President; President-Elect; Secretary-Treasurer; one to two Directors-at-large.
In addition to the Calgary and Toronto meetings, EDAC/ATAC has concentrated efforts on identifying member benefits and services, the production of a national newsletter (EDAC News & Views), and the construction of an association website (http://edac-atac.ca/). Preliminary research has explored the feasibility of publishing a scholarly journal.
Canada´s expanse is immense (the worlds second largest country) and its population small (34,000,000). Such a context lends challenges for a specialty association of professionals but also provides the motivation to connect those clinicians and programs from around the country. There are less than 30 specialized eating disorder programs across the country, with the vast majority being part of our public health care system. We expect to have representation from each of those programs among our membership. Each issue of EDAC News & Views features one of the countries treatment programs.
The membership of EDAC-ATAC looks forward to our affiliation with the Academy of Eating Disorders and to the mutual growth of our associations and of the field of eating disorders promotion, treatment and research.
Chilean Society for the Study of Eating Disorders
Sociedad Chilena para los Estudios de los Trastornos Alimentarious
Sister Organization since March 2011
The Chilean Society for the Eating Disorders Studies (SETA) was founded in March 2007 following a series of professional meetings held since 2000. SETA was created to unite professionals working in the eating disorders field to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, develop prevention programs and contribute to the professional growth of its members.
SETA aims to support research in the field, to foster the interchange of knowledge and information among professionals and to disseminate information generated at the local and international levels, with the ultimate aim of contributing to the wellbeing of the community.
SETA intends to collaborate as a national and international benchmark professional association in the treatment and research of eating disorders. To attain these objectives, SETA periodically organizes scientific meetings and encourages the publication of its members' research projects, supports members interested in developing specific areas for the study or treatment of eating disorders, strives to improve teaching in the field at all levels and develops formal relationships with other scientific or professional societies and promotes an exchange of information. Finally, SETA supports governmental initiatives and provides scientific advice when required.
SETA is a young interdisciplinary society whose members include representatives of most eating disorders institutions in Chile. It has launched campaigns to recruit new members. SETA's website (www.setachile.cl) serves two purposes: to provide information to the general community and to provide updated information to members and specialists working in the field of eating disorders.
Current Board of Directors:
President: Dr. Maria Patricia Cordella
Secretary: Psych. Consuelo San Martín
Treasurer: Psych. Camila del Solar
Director: Dr. Carolina López
Director: Dr. Patricia González
Director: Psych. Andrea Román
Sister Organization since July 2010
The DGESS is a for non-profit institution serving the public good, the main aims of which are to promote prevention, treatment and research in the field of eating disorders. The DGESS was founded in 2006. Relevant information can be found on our website (www.dgess.de), including our aims, mission and by-laws (Satzung). Most of our website is in German. The aims of the society as set out after an introduction and preamble (Präambel) in our by-laws (Satzung), are, inter alia:
• To support a network to help individuals with an eating
disorder and their carers.
• To promote prevention, early diagnosis and treatment for individuals with an eating disorder.
• To foster research in the area of eating disorders.
• To support the ongoing training and education of persons working with eating disordered patients.
• To advise and counsel public institutions involved in the field of eating disorders.
• To enhance cooperation between organizations that supports the research, prevention, early detection and treatment of eating disorders in Germany and abroad.
• To support self-help organizations in the field of eating disorders.
The current President of the DGESS is Dr. Martina de Zwaan (Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine); Dr. Manfred M. Fichter (Professor of Psychiatry) is Past President and current Treasurer of the DGESS, as well as AED liaison.
The following are the DGESS’s main activities:
• Establishment of guidelines for diagnoses and treatment
of eating disorders in German speaking countries.
• 1st Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Essstörungen e.V. in 2007 in Prien, with about 300 attendants.
• 2nd Conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Essstörungen e.V. in February 2010 in Aachen, with 380 attendants.
• First Hilde Bruch Award (EUR 5,000.00) for young promising scientists in the field of eating disorders awarded at the 2010 DGESS conference.
• Next DGESS conference to be held in the spring of 2012 in Erlangen/Nürnberg.
• Active participation in the AED sisterhoodship. AED members receive a 5% reduction in membership fees.
Members of the DGESS must be actively working in the field of eating
disorders and have published at least 2 papers on eating disorders in a
peer-reviewed journal. Membership is approved by the DGESS board.
AED Sister Organization since November 2012
The Icelandic Eating Disorder Association (IEDA) is a multidisciplinary professional organization founded in 2011. Its aim are to improve treatment, prevention and research on eating disorders in Iceland, provide Icelandic eating disorder professionals with a venue for collaboration, and facilitate collaboration with other eating disorder organizations. IEDA is a member of the Nordic Eating Disorder Society. More information can be found on our web page: www.atraskanir.is
Sister Organization since May 2007
The IAED is a non-profit organization of over one hundred professionals from various disciplines, whose goal is to promote the treatment, research, and prevention of eating disorders (EDs) in Israel. It was established in 2002 as a result of the steady increase in the incidence of EDs in Israel and the subsequent establishment of new treatment facilities. The IAED Board consists of nine members from the fields of medicine, psychology, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, art therapy, and nutrition.
The Goals of the IAED are:
- To coordinate clinical and research activities associated with eating disorders in Israel.
- To establish treatment standards for EDs in Israel.
- To develop specialized training programs for professionals who treat individuals with EDs.
- To create a dialogue with relevant government committees
- To provide information on the treatment and prevention of EDs to those who work in the fields of health and education.
- To represent Israeli ED professionals internationally.
- To encourage research in the field of eating disorders and support
national and international collaborations.
Recent IAED activities:
Over the last six years, the IAED has organized two study workshops, four national eating disorder conferences and one international conference. These meetings, each with over 400 attendees, facilitated collaboration between researchers and clinicians within Israel and internationally. The IAED also sponsors one-year training programs on the treatment of EDs in various locations across Israel, for experienced clinicians wishing to specialize in the treatment of EDs. Recently, an IAED newsletter was created to provide information, share ideas, and foster research and clinical collaborations.
Web site: iaed.org.il
Chapter since May 2007
The Hispano Latino American Chapter of the AED (formerly the Hispano Latino American SIG), is a multidisciplinary group of therapists and researchers from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas of the world. Its active and enthusiastic members work together clinically and academically to advance education, awareness, research, and collaboration in the field of eating disorders. The group has hosted 7 Hispano Latino American Congresses on Eating Disorders and several regional symposia.
For information please contact the leadership group:
Mexican Association of Eating Disorders
Asociación Mexicana de Trastornos Alimentarios (AMTA)
Sister Organization since January 2010
The Mexican Association of Eating Disorders Professionals was founded on March 8, 2008 as a Non Profit Society. It resulted from the efforts of a multidisciplinary group of Mexican professionals who wished to contribute to their country by encouraging the research, study, clinical practice and awareness of eating disorders. This organization promotes research and clinical practice, striving to make available effective treatments for patients with eating disorders and associated conditions. It also promotes public and private services for the treatment of eating disorders.
AMTA provides its members, other professionals and the general public with education, awareness and knowledge about eating disorders. It will soon be authorized to evaluate expertise in eating disorders and to help develop guidelines for training, certification, study and practice in the field.
AMTA establishes collaborations and exchanges information with other national and international associations of academic, clinical and scientific eating disorder professionals.
For more information, please contact the leadership group:
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Armando Barriguete firstname.lastname@example.org
Karina Franco email@example.com
Juan Manuel Mancillas firstname.lastname@example.org
Antonio Tena email@example.com
Eva Trujillo firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.iztacala.unam.mx/amta/
Sister Organization since February 2010
The Dutch Academy for Eating Disorders is an association of professionals committed to improving the level of eating disorder prevention, treatment, education and research in the Netherlands. Founded in 2005, the Academy has 150 individual members (psychologist, psychiatrists, nurses, dieticians, pediatricians, doctors of internal medicine, psychomotor and creative therapists) and 13 institutional members. The patient association, SABN (Stichting Anorexia en Boulimia Nervosa), is a special member and meets the Board twice a year.
The NAE organizes a national congress on eating disorders once every two years and a scientific meeting for its members in the other years. It has an active website with a discussion forum for members. The NAE organises courses for new workers in the field of eating disorders and courses on special subjects. There are currently three Special Interest Groups: Children and Adolescents, Long Term Eating Disorders and Family Therapy. A newsletter is send to members monthly. A membership meeting is held twice annually.
The Board meets every six weeks and its members are Annemarie van Elburg, MD, PhD (President), Carmen Netten, Paulien Seignette (treasurer), Anton van Amerongen, Marieke ten Napel, Annemarie van Bellegem (secretary), Marga Oudendijk (office).
Web site: www.naeweb.nl
Sister Organization since November 2012
The Polish National Center for Eating Disorders is a national program that operates within The Kazimierz Twardowski European Center for Supporting Social Initiatives Foundation. Its goals are to increase the availability of information about by creating professional knowledge source about Eating Disorders either for sufferers and their relatives, teachers and students, journalists, professional environment and society as a whole, increasing widely understood assistance for sufferers and their relatives, change social attitudes and raise public awareness about Eating Disorders, improve accessibility and quality of medical care for people with Eating Disorders through creation of complex and system solutions and the development of professional knowledge in collaboration with the scientific community including creation of unit consisting of a complex therapeutic center associated with a scientific-research and training center. Website: www.centrumzaburzenodzywiania.pl
Affiliate Organization since September 2011
SCAN is one of the largest dietetic practice groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. There are over 6,000 Registered Dietitians (RD) and Dietetic Technicians (DTR) involved with nutrition expertise in the area of sports, physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness and the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating.
The mission of SCAN is to empower members to be the nation's
food and nutrition leaders through excellence and expertise in nutrition
for sports and physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness and
disordered eating and eating disorders.
We aim to optimize the nation's health by providing exceptional nutrition care in sports performance and physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness, and disordered eating and eating disorders.
The goals of SCAN are:
• SCAN members are recognized experts in food and nutrition for sports performance and physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness and disordered eating and eating disorders.
• SCAN members value the integration of four practice areas to provide comprehensive evidence-based medical nutrition therapy to improve the health of those we serve.
• Members and prospective members view SCAN as key to professional success.
Sister Organization since December 2013
The Swedish Eating Disorder Society (SEDS) was formed in 1993 as a network for people professionally involved in eating disorder treatment, research and method development. The goal of the SEDS is to develop and systematize knowledge of and improve treatments for the disorders Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa, and similar conditions. The SEDS works to improve care by supporting collaboration between treatment units as well as research, spreading knowledge, facilitating clinic-research communication, and collaborating with international organizations. The SEDS organizes two meetings per year with lectures, seminars and workshops, and has around 250 members as of 2013. Ongoing Nordic collaboration is organized within the Nordic Eating Disorder Society (NEDS). The SEDS is politically and religiously neutral. Anyone who works professionally with eating disorder treatment and/or research in Sweden is welcome to join. More information (in Swedish) on http://www.sabs.nu.
Expert Network Eating Disorders Switzerland
Experten- Netzwerk Essstörungen Schweiz (ENES)
Réseau Expert Suisse Troubles Alimentaires (RESTA)
Sister Organization since September 2011
The "Experten-Netzwerk Essstörungen Schweiz" (ENES) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001. It represents 300 members throughout Switzerland such as physicians, general practitioners, psychotherapists, nutrition consultants and other professionals in private practice. It also represents specialized institutions charged with the treatment, research and prevention of eating disorders and obesity of children, adolescents and adults. The steering committee of ENES consists of 5 members and manages the activities of the network according to its particular objectives. Members meet once a year, although several task forces get together more frequently. Every second year an expert conference is attended by people from all over Switzerland interested in the topic of eating disorders. ENES works in cooperation with other organizations including the DGESS (German Society for Eating Disorders). The homepage (www.netzwerk-essstoerungen.ch) was established by the ENES and financed by the Ministry for Education and Science in Bern (BBW). It is continuously updated. ENES is financially supported by membership fees and donations from sponsors.
• to improve the quality of treatment provided for patients suffering from eating disorders
• to spread knowledge of the bio-psycho-social basis of eating disorders via the education of therapists, carers and laypersons
• to inform the public about patients’ concerns and promote their social acceptance
• to reduce eating disorders and their consequences through prevention and early detection
Dr. phil. Erika Toman (Chairwoman); Dr. med. Hanspeter Flury; Dr. Nicolas Gervasoni; Dr. med. Dagmar Pauli; Dr. med. Dr. phil. Daniel Sollberger; and Dr. med. Lars Wöckel.
Affiliate Organization since January 2012
The Eating Disorder Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists was born in June 2007 under the leadership of Professor Ulrike Schmidt, developing from a Special Interest Group inaugurated in 1995 with Professor Russell as its first Chair.
It brings together eating disorder psychiatrists working in the field across the United Kingdom and set standards for clinical services and training. We have a lively conference programme supported by bursaries for trainees, and our various policies are given greater weights by close collaboration with BEAT, the UK’s Eating Disorder Association.
We embrace affiliation with AED, as voices raised in unison and harmony are powerful indeed.
Chair: John F. Morgan