Because Binge Eating Disorder Week has ended, today, I’m wrapping up the week with several pieces that address this common (and highly treatable) disorder. I hope you find these helpful!

What does binge eating disorder (BED) look like? A powerful and inspiring post from a woman recovering from the disorder.

An excellent piece from Marsha on the facts about BED, including causes and effective treatment.

Why the inclusion of BED in the DSM 5 is so important.

Rescuing our bodies from weight stigma. Here’s an excerpt from Amy’s beautiful post, where she talks about Health At Every Size, and its tenets:

— Accept and respect the journey of your ever-changing body
— Honor that your health and well-being are multi-dimensional; they include physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and intellectual elements
— Honor the right to health and well-being for your body at the size you are right now, and at any size it may become
— Eat in a manner which balances your nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure
— Honor your desire for appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing strengthening physical activity, rather than exercise that is focused on a goal of weight loss

HAES has been unfortunately misunderstood in some circles as advocating being “overweight” or ignoring health risks. In fact, quite the opposite is true. HAES invites giving the very best care to the body right now, as is. It tells us that all bodies are equally deserving of care.

HAES implies that if damaging behaviors such as a binge eating disorder exist, people need proper treatment. They need to find recovery because an eating disorder is not good body and Self care, not because it leads to being fat. This difference is the revolution itself; long term change toward health (which may or may not include weight change) happens only from a place of compassion and empathy. It does not come from shaming. Shame brings fear, then perhaps rage, but never sustainable health.

My interview with BED expert Ellen Shuman: parts one, two and three

What helpful posts on BED have you read this week?