Binge Eating Disorder Association Celebrates Inclusion of Binge Eating Disorder in DSM-5 at National Conference

Severna Park, MD (February 19, 2013) – The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) will celebrate the inclusion of binge eating disorder (BED) as an official diagnosis code in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) at its fourth annual national conference in Bethesda, MD, on March 8-10, 2013.

“We have worked hard to advocate for the inclusion of binge eating disorder in the DSM-5 and with this victory comes a concerted effort to educate eating disorder treatment professionals and healthcare providers on the latest research and clinical approaches,” states Chevese Turner, BEDA Founder and CEO. “Several sessions at our national conference this year will focus on how having an official diagnosis code for binge eating disorder will impact treatment and diagnosis.”

The BEDA 2013 National Conference is open to treatment professionals  interested in eating disorders, individuals who struggle with binge eating disorder and their families, and others in the fields of education or advocacy. There will be three specialized workshop tracks each day of the conference: for clinicians, for individuals and families struggling with BED, and for registered dietitians.

“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. 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,” says Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS, and Founder  and CEO of Oliver-Pyatt Centers.

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 about BEDA and the BEDA 2013 National Conference, visit 

Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
Chevese Turner
President & CEO