Binge Eating:The Conference

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This weekend we were privileged to take part in the Binge Eating Disorder Association’s 2012 National Conference Revolution Ahead: Illuminating the Path to Freedom from BED, Emotional Overeating, & Weight Stigma. This is the third annual conference exploring the issues surrounding treatment of binge eating.

This conference offered the hope of springtime for many who are suffering in the darkness of winter with Binge Eating Disorder.

Thought leaders, clinicians, dietitians, individuals and their families all gathered to exchange ideas, support each other and enjoy springtime in Philadelphia.  I even saw a pink flowering tree and some hula hooping in the lobby yesterday.

Because BED is the most common eating disorder, affecting more people than anorexia and bulimia combined, and because it has gone virtually unrecognized for many years, the conference planners envisioned  three different tracks. One track for treatment professionals, one for individuals and families, and one of general interest which meant that there were many more options available to attend that humanly possible, all with inspiring information and tools.

Marsha and I presented “But I Want to Lose Weight! How Changing Our Perspective Can Help Us Achieve Our Goals” and we were rewarded with rousing discussions about how to focus on healthy behaviors rather than weight loss alone.  Also, we got the word out on the unique place Green Mountain at Fox Run holds in the world of helping women with disordered eating.

My take away’s from the conference:

  • It is about connection: within ourselves and to each other
  • Connection tools include: mindfulness, intrinsic movement, art, journaling, and tasting our food and healthy self talk
  • Support is so important to break the isolation and desperation
  • BEDA is a great place to start looking for connection and support

Do you have any hint of springtime in your world and can you offer yourself or someone else a little hope through connection or support?


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About the Author

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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