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Binge Eating: 4 Dangerous Myths

From the Show: HER
Summary: Do you really know how dangerous binge eating can be to your health?
Air Date: 5/15/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Chevese Turner, President/CEO of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
Chavese Turner Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Binge Eating Disorder Association, Chevese Turner is the President and CEO of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), which she founded in 2008 to bring recognition and resources to those who struggle.

Turner, who is in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder, has extensive experience in health care policy and advocacy as a result of her leadership positions within several large charity organizations and the healthcare industry.

She is thrilled to utilize these skills to "work for a cause" that touches her personally, and to elevate a community of sufferers that is vastly under recognized and under treated. She is passionate about education and is committed to providing programming through BEDA that will generate broad awareness and knowledge amongst healthcare providers and patients to assure increased access-to-care and treatments that meet standards of excellence.

A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Turner received a BA in Political Science. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders in which she serves on the Patient Care Committee and the 2016 Scientific Program Committee for the International Conference on Eating Disorders; the Eating Disorders Coalition, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the Society for Non-Profit Professionals.
Binge Eating: 4 Dangerous Myths
There is a lot of misguided information out there regarding binge eating.

Do you really know what it is or just how dangerous binge eating can be to your overall health?

Binge eating occurs when you compulsively overeat large quantities of food while feeling out of control and that you have no power to stop. This type of eating can cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and musculoskeletal problems.

One of the most common myths out there is questioning if binge eating is a "real" disorder.

While Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is not about willpower or weight, it absolutely IS a mental and physical disorder that affects men and women.

Without seeking proper medical attention, this disorder can spin out of control and cause serious damage to your health.

Another myth is that binge eaters should just "diet" and "get over it." However, putting a binge eater on a diet can actually backfire and cause even more damage. Depriving anyone from certain foods can cause you to eat more and trigger binge eating even more.

What are some other myths that are surrounding binge eating?

Founder of BEDA, Chevese Turner debunks the myths that surround binge eating and why it's important to know the truth.

4 Myths of Binge Eating
  • Binge eating isn't a real disorder
  • Binge eaters should just diet
  • Binge eaters are fat
  • Surgery is the best recovery option
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