Together, BingeBehavior.com, Beutiful Magazine, the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) and Kari Adams of the Killer Confidence with Kari Adams Show combed our resources to sponsor the first Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Week, an online campaign to coincide with the release of the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).
The campaign focuses on education (what is BED), preventing weight bias and stigma (including identifying bias, cultivating positive body image and legislative activism) and support (what types of help are available and where to find those resources).
For those of you just getting to know these groups here is a little background on each of us:
BingeBehavior.com is a social network created to support people who struggle with bingeing and impulse control disorders, specifically binge eating, binge drinking and binge shopping. It is a place where members can feel understood and where nobody diminishes the feeling of being out of control or in despair. It is a forum to discuss, learn and share experiences with others both in groups and in private.
Beutiful Magazine works tirelessly to promote positive messages about body and mind through imagery and passionate reporting. Founder Patricia Colli puts it this way, “It’s about breaking out of the pressure and welcoming a life of happiness, health, peace and vitality by learning to appreciate and enjoy yourself and the life you live, rather than vying for the life you think you should have” and the work at Beutiful lives up to that standard.
Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) was founded in 2008 and 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.
Killer Confidence with Kari Adams was created to celebrate, empower, and embrace women as they heal and learn to love themselves just as they are. The website serves as a safe place to encourage self-love, self-esteem and positive body image in all women since eating disorders, negative body image and low self-esteem are no longer just teen problems.
Together, we’ve used our unique formats to go beyond simple images and emotional statements in order to develop a campaign that is full of great information and the highest quality content! Our contributing authors showcase the facts about BED, present the real injuries of weight stigma and provide insight on how to stop bias. We’ve also included a Call to Action to promote the steps necessary for advancing the awareness and education which will impact the lives of millions of Americans.
We hope that you find this week informative, inspiring and we welcome your comments and support.