What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a complex mental illness. It is characterised by eating a large amount of food in a short window of time and can be highly distressing for the individual. BED is not a lack of self control or willpower but is often a protective self-soothing mechanism to cope with overwhelming feelings and emotions. On average, BED is diagnosed when a person has an episode at least once a week for at least three months.
Managing BED requires compassion, kindness, skills and understanding!
National Binge Eating Support Group
- Provide a safe, supportive place for carers to meet each month in a semi-structured environment which allows for both knowledge sharing and peer support
- Provide information and resources to assist parents and carers to understand eating disorders and their integrate role in recovery
- Encourage empowerment of carers in their role in the recovery of the person with the eating disorder
- Are run by trained volunteer carers, for carers
The national online strive Binge Eating Carer Support Group will run quarterly on the fourth Thursday of the month, 7:30pm AEST.
The Zoom link is available to EDFA members logged into the website here, and will be emailed out to members prior to each meeting.
Save the Dates!
23 September I 23 December
24 March I 23 June I 22 September
Support, Work, Trust and Courage
BED is an illness of secrecy and shame, and it often leads to our loved ones isolating. Sometimes when our loved ones are isolating, we give them “space” to disconnect. Please know that this is actually the opposite of what they need. They need to feel CONNECTED. They need to feel LOVED. They need to feel WANTED.
If you notice your loved one isolating, please do not stand back. Try to create connection and let them know you want to spend time with them. Be supportive and engage them.
The most important thing is to get your loved one the help and support that they need and deserve. It takes a lot of support, work, trust, and courage to start stepping towards recovery .
Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year (Australian Carers Only)
EDFA is a proud not for profit, volunteer run organisation.
We invite you to be part of a revolutionary peer support group making positive changes in the Eating Disorder space. Strength in numbers means we are able to affect change and have the collective voice of the carers recognised.
We provide opportunities to connect with other parents and carers who share your experiences… helping you to feel less alone and isolated.
Yearly membership is just $25.
Membership gives access to:
– Access to a range of resources in our Member Only section of the website including Educational Recordings, Member Recommended Clinicians and Services, and more.
– monthly state-based strive carer support groups
– twice monthly education sessions
– monthly sibling support group
– discounts to eating disorder events and conferences.
– daily online support through our strive Facebook page and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.
Your membership helps EDFA with ongoing costs of running a not-for-profit organisation, and importantly, shows Government that families value, need and believe in this type of lived-experience support. Strength in numbers helps EDFA lobby as the collective voice of carers for better services, treatments, access to expert clinicians and specialised ED units, to help our loved ones in their recovery journey and to acknowledge the impact of an eating disorder diagnosis on the entire family unit