January 22, 2010 – Binge eating disorder affects three times more people than anorexia and bulimia combined, but millions of sufferers are currently unaware that their experience of binge eating is in fact a treatable disorder.
Many sufferers of binge eating disorder are teens, so it is with great excitement that the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) has endorsed the groundbreaking student-shot film TEEN TRUTH: AN INSIDE LOOK AT BODY IMAGE.
TEEN TRUTH: AN INSIDE LOOK AT BODY IMAGE, the third film in an award-winning series by TEEN TRUTH Director Erahm Christopher and Producer JC Pohl, chronicles the real struggles of three teenagers with body image issues, including eating disorders, obesity, and performance enhancement drug use.
“The implications of negative body image in teenagers is a complex and widespread issue,” says the film’s director Erahm Christopher, “and this film uncovers the reasons why teenagers struggle – from the unrealistic images in the media they can only fall short of to the implications of name-calling and derogatory behaviors in our schools.”
Kayla Abrao is a student featured in the film who has dealt with binge eating disorder throughout her teen years. In the film, she explains that food is a source of comfort for her, but the impact of her eating behavior nearly destroyed her. Kayla is now a confident seventeen year old, who after much work is finishing high school and has found a place of acceptance and love for herself.
An estimated 3.5% of American women and 2% of American men have binge eating disorder.
“TEEN TRUTH is making a great impact in the community, as they are making it okay to talk about issues as scary and private as eating disorders. This awareness and openness is essential for people to get past their shame and find the help and hope they need,” says Chevese Turner, CEO and Founder of BEDA.
On March 4-6, 2010 BEDA will hold its first annual Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) conference. Christopher and Abrao have been invited to present the film. The conference will cover all aspects of awareness, treatment, education, and empowerment around binge eating and related disorders like compulsive/emotional eating and food addiction.
BEDA has made great strides for sufferers of binge eating disorder in the past year and a half in operation, including increasing awareness and advocating for a recognized diagnosis that would allow treatment for all those with the disorder.
Binge Eating Disorder Association (www.bedaonline.com) was founded to help those who have binge eating disorder, their friends and family, and those who treat the disorder. BEDA provides the individuals who suffer from binge eating disorder the recognition and resources they deserve to begin a safe journey toward a healthy recovery. BEDA also serves as a resource for providers of all kinds to prevent, diagnose, and treat the disorder. By establishing strong connections among members and sister organizations, BEDA’s goal is to give everyone access to the tools they need to live with, treat, and, ultimately, prevent the disorder.
TEEN TRUTH (www.teentruthlive.com) is North America’s premier education film series and part of the TEEN TRUTH LIVE student assembly experience. TEEN TRUTH LIVE’s trademark combination of award-winning, student-shot films and professional motivational speakers makes for unforgettable and life-changing events. Each high-concept film features its own unique style that uncovers the real truth on the issues that students face but don’t talk about. With subjects such as BULLYING, DRUGS & ALCOHOL, and BODY IMAGE, TEEN TRUTH LIVE boasts the most unique issue-focused assembly programs available. In less than three years the films have reached over 2.5 million people and the TEEN TRUTH LIVE speakers have personally touched over 400,000 lives.