2011 BEDA Giving Campaign

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Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.

BEDA urgently needs your help. BEDA is doing things for prevention that no other organization is doing. This includes addressing Weight Stigma with a Weight Stigma Awareness Week coming Fall 2011, and is investigating ways to mitigate the repercussions of BMI reporting in schools. BEDA's concerns are for those children who are stigmatized by a lack of privacy, an invasion of privacy, and is concerned about the appropriateness and manner that the data is being collected and utilized.

The following are our suggested donor levels. We sincerely appreciate any amount you or your organization can contribute as no amount is too small. You will make a difference in the lives of people who are suffering.  Please help if you can.

• President’s Circle – $25K
• Ambassador – $10K
• Activist - $5,000
• Benefactor - $1,000
• Patron - $500
• Donor - $250
• Supporter - $100
• Friend - $50

You can donate online with a credit card. All donations are secure and sent directly to BINGE EATING DISORDER ASSOCIATION INC by FirstGiving, who will email you a printable record of your donation. Donations may be made directly to BEDA as well.

For more information, please read below:

“It didn’t have a name, yet. Even without a name, my binge eating disorder raged on and on for decades. No matter how much I accomplished, I felt out of control and desperate. I just wanted some relief. Doctors and nutritionists suggested diets. Many therapists tried to address the depression. I thought if they didn’t understand, or know how to help me, I was hopeless. At times, I wanted to die. No one should feel that hopeless, for so long, so unnecessarily.

We have an opportunity to reach those who suffer with BED—and it’s critical that we educate those who can help those who suffer. With your help, the Binge Eating Disorder Association absolutely can make that happen.” ~ Ellen Shuman, Vice President, Binge Eating Disorder Association

• Binge eating disorder affects 3.5 women and 2 men out of every 100 people
• Two to three times more people have BED than anorexia and bulimia combined
• BED is associated with depression and other mood disorders, higher rates of suicide, weight gain and weight cycling, and potential health risks sometimes associated with obesity, including heart disease and diabetes
• Too many of those who suffer with BED are not currently getting the expert help they need to overcome this debilitating illness

This past spring, at our second annual BEDA conference in Scottsdale, AZ, the Binge Eating Disorder Association brought together over 200 professionals and individuals impacted by binge eating disorder. Nationally renowned clinicians, scholars, and advocates shared the latest information about treatment and prevention of binge eating disorder, ensuring that BED truly is “coming into the light.”

BEDA is a young and growing organization. Our mission has just begun.

To do this crucial work, we need your help! The dues BEDA receives from its members are nowhere near enough to keep this important work moving forward.

Right now, BEDA critically needs funds for a variety of essential projects, including:

•A TOLL-FREE monitored national hotline that will provide much needed treatment and educational resources to individuals, families, and treatment providers •Regional “teaching days” for treatment providers, to disseminate the very latest information about evidence-based clinical models for the treatment of BED
•A National Weight Stigma Awareness Week that will combat weight-based stereotypes and prejudices that may contribute to BED
•A website upgrade to enhance BEDA’s ability to provide education and treatment resources and to provide an online community for those with BED •Continuing education for policy makers, legislators, patient and medical groups, and obesity organizations, on behalf of those with BED

All donations you make to BEDA (a 501c3) are tax deductible and will go directly to our operations, so all contributions lead to the greatest value possible.

Please consider a donor role with BEDA. Becoming a donor will make you, and/or your organization, a visible supporter of our critical work. Your name will be prominently listed on BEDA’s website and in all major BEDA publications, unless you would like to remain anonymous.

Fortunately, research and advocacy related to binge eating disorder is gaining momentum after many years of silence. Right now is a crucial time in the effort to effectively treat & prevent BED, and we are asking for your help in this important endeavor.

Since its inception in 2008, BEDA, the Binge Eating Disorder Association, has become the foremost organization in the United States for promoting nationwide awareness of binge eating disorder and related conditions. Our mission includes advancing education, advocacy, exploration of state-of-the-art treatment, promoting prevention efforts, determining future research directions, as well as challenging the weight bias and bullying that can contribute to the development of eating disorders.

Research tells us that proper treatment and prevention efforts are critical to BED intervention. Education to promote healthy body image and healthy eating, challenges to weight stigma and “shame campaigns,” and proper treatment are all making strides to address this all too pervasive problem.

BEDA is at the forefront of these efforts, currently planning a variety of teaching days across the country designed to train providers, advocates, interns, and volunteers to do much needed community outreach and education in schools and in other community settings.

We need your help to do this crucial work.Your support is welcome at any level of contribution.

Please contact me at the number below to discuss any questions you may have.

Be assured that you and your contributions WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE to those who suffer today. Where there is help, there is hope.

Thank you so very much, in advance, for helping us do this critical work. Please feel free to call me if you have any suggestions or ideas. My phone number is 802-228-8885.

Very sincerely,


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