About BEDA

Mission
Founded in 2008, the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) is a national organization focused on providing leadership, recognition, prevention, and treatment of binge eating disorder (BED) and associated weight stigma. Through outreach, education and advocacy, BEDA facilitates increased awareness, proper diagnosis, and treatment of BED.

BEDA promotes excellence in care for those who live with, and those who treat, BED and its associated conditions. BEDA is committed to promoting cultural acceptance of, and respect for, the natural diversity of sizes, in addition to promoting a goal of improved health, which may or may not include weight change.

Values
BEDA is committed to building a community dedicated to helping those with BED and associated weight stigma, and those who research and treat the disorder. We engage in this work by:

  • Providing understanding and hope
  • Supporting evidence-based research
  • Promoting clinically accepted practices
  • Aggregating resources for individuals, families and treatment professionals
  • Developing and encouraging educational opportunities for treatment professionals
  • Collaborating with organizations to create awareness of BED
  • Organizing leaders to prevent weight bias and weight stigma
  • Educating clinicians about how to provide equitable treatment
  • Educating individuals about how advocate for proper medical attention
  • Identifying discriminatory practices at all organizational levels and within programs and policy
  • Striving to create community and membership benefits of value and substance
  • Earning public trust through transparency, integrity, and honesty
  • Advocating for BED awareness and weight stigma prevention at all levels of education, government and policy

Vision
BEDA envisions a community where people have access to resources to help them overcome binge eating disorder and its associated conditions in order to live healthy, productive lives free from weight stigma.

Funding
BEDA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks funding to help support its efforts to raise BED awareness; increase education and research; and facilitate treatment and support for those who live with and those who treat BED and its associated conditions.