AED Welcomes Its Partner and Affiliate Organizations
The AED establishes formal collaborations with organizations of eating disorder professionals around the globe who share the AED’s mission of promoting the treatment, research, and prevention of eating disorders. The Partnership, Chapter and Affiliate Committee, established in 2009, seeks out suitable Partner Organizations (national multidisciplinary ED organizations) and Affiliate Organizations (organizations of single disciplines or those dedicated to individuals with ED) and helps build mutually beneficial collaborations with and between them. The AED has currently seventeen AED Partner Organizations, five Affiliate Organizations and two Chapters:
Argentina: Transdisciplinary Obesity Society (Argentina), Sociedad Transdisciplinaria de Obesidad (STO)
Australia/New Zealand: The Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
Austria: The Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED), Österreichische Gesellschaft für Essstörungen (ÖGES)
Canada: Eating Disorder Association of Canada (EDAC)
Chile: The Chilean Society for the Study of Eating Disorders, Sociedad Chilena para los Estudios de los Trastornos Alimentarious (SETA)
Czech Republic: Czech Eating Disorder Association (CZEDA)
France: Association Française pour le Développement des Approches Spécialisées dans les Troubles du Comportement Alimentaire” (AFDAS-TCA)
Germany: The German Eating Disorder Society, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Essstörungen (DGESS)
Iceland: The Icelandic Eating Disorder Association (IEDA), Félag fagfólks um átraskanir (FFÁ)
Israel: The Israel Association for Eating Disorders (IAED)
Italy: Italian Society of Eating Behavior Psychopathology (SIPA)
Latin America: Hispano Latino American Chapter
Mexico: Mexican Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, Asociación Mexicana de Trastornos Alimentarios (AMTA)
Netherlands: Dutch Academy for Eating Disorders, Nederlandse Academie voor Eetstoornissen (NAE)
Nordic Chapter: Nordic Eating Disorder Society (NEDS)
Poland: Polish National Center for Eating Disorders (PNCED), Ogólnopolskie Centrum Zaburzeń Odżywiania
Spain: Asociación Española para el Estudio de los Trastornos de Conducta Alimentaria (A.E.E.T.C.A.)
Sweden: The Swedish Eating Disorder Society (SEDS)
Switzerland: Expert Network Eating Disorders Switzerland, Experten- Netzwerk Essstörungen Schweiz (ENES), Réseau Expert Suisse Troubles Alimentaires (RESTA)
United Kingdom: Eating Disorders Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (EDSECT)
United States: Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
United States: Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN)
United States: The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (N.A.M.E.D)
United States: The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section for Eating Disorders
Partner Organization since January 2010
The STO was established in Argentina to improve the quality of life of people suffering from obesity and eating disorders. We aim to promote healthy life habits and fight against the obesity epidemic and eating disorders by facilitating research, academic activities, and an exchange of information between different sectors of society.
An important part of our mission is to help create a friendlier and healthier environment for people with obesity and eating disorders. We like to think of our organization as a “big umbrella” under which different areas related to obesity and eating disorders come together. These include health, economics, education, pharmaceutics, food industries, public health, physical activity, urban transportation and design, and communication. We believe that integration of this kind is the key to a better future for the field of eating disorders and obesity.
Web site: http://www.drcormillot.com/sto/
Partner Organization since June 2006
The Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) is the peak body representing and supporting the activities of all professionals working in the field of eating disorders and related issues in prevention, treatment and research in Australia and New Zealand. ANZAED was established in 2002, and has held an annual conference since 2003. In addition to supporting its members through its conference, ANZAED has a regular newsletter, holds and supports webinars and workshops for its members, and represents its members on government committees.
ANZAED works with partner organizations internationally in a number of domains including acknowledging and endorsing position statements, sharing scholarships for young investigators and general networking. More information can be found on our web page: http://www.anzaed.org.au/
The Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED)
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Essstörungen (ÖGES)
Partner Organization since August 2011
The Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED) is a scientific society which was founded in 2000 as a non-profit organization. The ASED is the first Scientific Society on Eating Disorders in the German speaking countries.
The activities of the ASED are interdisciplinary, unifying all academic and clinical professions aiming at improvement of early detection, treatment, prevention and research of eating disorders as well as the development and support of health promotion regarding eating behavior, body and self-image in order to reduce the incidence of eating disorders. The ASED is dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders triggered by a social thinness-obsession and prejudices against certain body or weight forms. Membership is available for all those working in any psychosocial field dealing with eating disorders (early detection, diagnosis, consultation and treatment, prevention and health promotion regarding eating behavior, body and self-image) as well as legal entities. Members have the right to participate in all events and to use all institutional offers of the society.
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Essstörungen (ÖGES/ASED)
c/o Zentrum für Essstörungen ZfE
Weiherburggasse 1A, A-6020 Innsbruck
The ASED is dedicated to:
- developing a network of various psychosocial professionals specialised in eating disorders.
- promoting training in early detection, diagnosis, counselling and treatment.
- promoting scientific research in early detection, diagnosis, counselling, treatment & prognosis; prevention and health promotion regarding eating disorders.
- developing guidelines for treatment, professional education & training and professional ethical behaviour in the field of eating disorders.
- improving interdisciplinary co-operation particularly with obesity experts.
- developing and evaluating health promotion measures in the field of eating behaviour, body & self-image in order to decrease the incidence of eating disorders and to maximise the development of individual potentialities.
- providing consultation for & co-operation with public and private institutions relevant to the Society's purposes.
- fostering international co-operation in these fields.
- increasing public awareness about the harmful consequences of thinness-obsession in the society and on the devaluation of one's natural figure and body forms.
Current Board of Directors:
President: Günther Rathner, Ph.D.
Vice Presidents: Karin Waldherr, M.Sc., Sc.D.; Andreas Karwautz, M.D., FAED
Secretary: Rahel Jahoda, M.Sc.
Vice Secretary and AED Liaison: Ursula F. Bailer, M.D., FAED
Treasurer: Maria Seiwald, M.A.
The following are the ASED’s main activities:
- Providing Eating Disorders Professional Training (Postgraduate Training Course in Treatment of Eating Disorders, since 2000; Viennese Postgraduate Course on Eating Disorders and Associated Disorders, yearly since 2009)
- ASED Website and ASED Newsletter (Includes research and treatment updates, member information, public health information; online search for eating disorder treatment experts, and ASED news)
- International co-operation with other European ED societies (the ASED has organised and chaired the 1st European Panel Discussion Eating Disorders Scientific Societies: ECED Innsbruck 2005; and the 2nd European Panel Discussion Eating Disorders Scientific Societies: Jubilee Congress ED Alpbach 2010) as well as with Patient & Carer Organisations (the ASED has organised and chaired the 1st European Panel Discussion: ED Patient & Carer Organisations ECED Innsbruck 2005; and the 2nd European Panel Discussion: ED Patient & Carer Organisations Jubilee Congress ED Alpbach 2010); active participation in the AED Partnership, Chapter and Affiliate Committee
- Organization of annual Scientific Conferences: Congress Eating Disorders, The International Conference (since 1991; www.netzwerk-essstoerungen.at; www.oeges.or.at).
Eating Disorder Association of Canada (EDAC)
Partner Organization since February 2010
The Eating Disorders Association of Canada/Association des Troubles Alimentaires du Canada (EDAC-ATAC) is a Canadian organization of professionals in the field of eating disorders and related areas. The mandate of EDAC-ATAC is to best serve the needs of those whose lives are impacted by eating disorders. Central to this mandate are the following objectives: to educate each other regarding best practices; to encourage sharing of information amongst EDAC/ATAC members about all issues of eating disorders care; to promote a reflective and responsive approach in the provision of care and amongst providers; and to stimulate and support research in the field of eating disorders.
EDAC-ATAC organizes a biennial national conference and publishes a newsletter for its members 3 times a year. It is the organization’s aim to connect treatment providers from across our immense country and to establish national guidelines for the provision of eating disorder treatment.
Please visit our website at www.edac-atac.ca for information about upcoming events and current Board of Directors.
The Chilean Society for the Study of Eating Disorders
Sociedad Chilena para los Estudios de los Trastornos Alimentarious (SETA)
Partner Organization since March 2011
The Chilean Society for the Eating Disorders Studies (SETA) is a young interdisciplinary society whose members are representative of most institutions related to ED in Chile. It was founded on March 8th 2007, following a series of professional meetings since 2000. SETA was created to organize the group of professionals working in the eating disorders (ED) field, in order to facilitate knowledge exchange, preventative program development and contribute to its member professional growth.
This goal involves supporting the research in the field; knowledge and information interchange among professionals, and to spread the information that it is generated at local and international levels, with the ultimate aim of contributing to the community wellbeing.
Thus SETA intends to collaborate as a national and international benchmark professional association in the area of treatment and research of Eating Disorders (ED). To reach these objectives SETA develops several activities such as: periodically organizing scientific meetings and encourages the publication of its members research projects, supports members who wants to develop specific areas for the study or treatment of ED, contributes to the improvement of teaching in the field at all levels and across the country, develops formal relationship with other scientific or professional societies and helping the information exchange. Finally, SETA is able to support governmental initiatives and provide scientific advice when required.
Visit our website http://www.setachile.cl
Current Board of Directors:
President Dr. Maria Patricia Cordella
Secretary Psych. Consuelo San Martín
Treasurer Psych. Camila del Solar
Director Dr. Carolina López
Director MD. Marcela Altayó
Director Psych. Roxana Brodsky
Partner Organization since July 2010
The DGESS is a for non-profit institution serving the public good, the main aims of which are to promote prevention, treatment and research in the field of eating disorders. The DGESS was founded in 2006. Relevant information can be found on our website (www.dgess.de), including our aims, mission and by-laws (Satzung). Most of our website is in German. The aims of the society as set out after an introduction and preamble (Präambel) in our by-laws (Satzung), are, inter alia:
- To support a network to help individuals with an eating disorder and their carers.
- To promote prevention, early diagnosis and treatment for individuals with an eating disorder.
- To foster research in the area of eating disorders.
- To support the ongoing training and education of persons working with eating disordered patients.
- To advise and counsel public institutions involved in the field of eating disorders.
- To enhance cooperation between organizations that supports the research, prevention, early detection and treatment of eating disorders in Germany and abroad.
- To support self-help organizations in the field of eating disorders.
The current President of the DGESS is Dr. Martina de Zwaan (Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine); Dr. Manfred M. Fichter (Professor of Psychiatry) is Past President and current Treasurer of the DGESS, as well as AED liaison.
The following are the DGESS’s main activities:
- Establishment of guidelines for diagnoses and treatment of eating disorders in German speaking countries.
- 1st Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Essstörungen e.V. in 2007 in Prien, with about 300 attendants.
- 2nd Conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Essstörungen e.V. in February 2010 in Aachen, with 380 attendants.
- First Hilde Bruch Award (EUR 5,000.00) for young promising scientists in the field of eating disorders awarded at the 2010 DGESS conference.
- Next DGESS conference to be held in the spring of 2012 in Erlangen/Nürnberg.
- Active participation in the AED sisterhoodship. AED members receive a 5% reduction in membership fees.
Members of the DGESS must be actively working in the field of eating disorders and have published at least 2 papers on eating disorders in a peer-reviewed journal. Membership is approved by the DGESS board.
Partner Organization since November 2012
The Icelandic Eating Disorder Association (IEDA) is a multidisciplinary professional organization founded in 2011. Its aim are to improve treatment, prevention and research on eating disorders in Iceland, provide Icelandic eating disorder professionals with a venue for collaboration, and facilitate collaboration with other eating disorder organizations. IEDA is a member of the Nordic Eating Disorder Society. More information can be found on our web page: www.atraskanir.is
Partner Organization since May 2007
The IAED is a non-profit organization of over one hundred professionals from various disciplines, whose goal is to promote the treatment, research, and prevention of eating disorders (EDs) in Israel. It was established in 2002 as a result of the steady increase in the incidence of EDs in Israel and the establishment of new treatment facilities. The IAED Board consists of ten members from the fields of medicine, psychology, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, art therapy, and nutrition.
The Goals of the IAED are:
- To coordinate clinical and research activities associated with eating disorders in Israel.
- To establish treatment standards for EDs in Israel.
- To develop specialized training programs for professionals who treat individuals with EDs.
- To create a dialogue with relevant government committees
- To provide information on the treatment and prevention of EDs to those who work in the fields of health and education.
- To represent Israeli ED professionals internationally.
- To encourage research in the field of eating disorders and support national and international collaborations.
The IAED has organizes study workshops, national eating disorder conferences and international conferences. These meetings usually draw over 400 attendees and facilitate collaboration between researchers and clinicians within Israel and internationally. The IAED also supports professional training programs in various locations across Israel, for experienced clinicians wanting to specialize in the treatment of EDs.
Web site: iaed.org.il
Hispano Latino American Chapter
Chapter since May 2007
The Hispano Latino American Chapter of the AED (formerly the Hispano Latino American SIG), is a multidisciplinary group of therapists and researchers from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas of the world. Its active and enthusiastic members work together clinically and academically to advance education, awareness, research, and collaboration in the field of eating disorders. The group has hosted 7 Hispano Latino American Congresses on Eating Disorders and several regional symposia.
For information please contact the leadership group:
Italian Society of Eating Behavior Psychopathology (SIPA)
Partner Organization since September 2012
The Italian Society for Eating Behaviour Psychopathology (SIPA in Italian language) is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization, whose purpose will be to promote the study of the psychopathology of Eating Behaviour and of disorders of Eating Behaviour, to favour all the initiatives connected with its main topic, to establish and maintain relationships with italian and foreigner Institutions and Societies sharing similar finalities. It intends to represent a national reference point for all who are interested in the normal and pathological psychology of eating behaviour, in the Disorders of Eating Behaviour, in the investigation of factors determining a pathological behaviour and in the treatment of pathological symptoms. It intend to divulge the knowledge related to these topics, and to stimulate the occasions of meetings and communications between subjects interested in the topic. It intends to promote research, to support the prerogatives of those who work in the field, to organize groups of investigation on topics of common interest, to organize meetings, educational and technical progress courses.
Mexican Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
Asociación Mexicana de Trastornos Alimentarios (AMTA)
Partner Organization since January 2010
The Mexican Association of Eating Disorders Professionals was founded on March 8, 2008 as a Non Profit Society. It resulted from the efforts of a multidisciplinary group of Mexican professionals who wished to contribute to their country by encouraging the research, study, clinical practice and awareness of eating disorders. This organization promotes research and clinical practice, striving to make available effective treatments for patients with eating disorders and associated conditions. It also promotes public and private services for the treatment of eating disorders.
AMTA provides its members, other professionals and the general public with education, awareness and knowledge about eating disorders. It will soon be authorized to evaluate expertise in eating disorders and to help develop guidelines for training, certification, study and practice in the field.
AMTA establishes collaborations and exchanges information with other national and international associations of academic, clinical and scientific eating disorder professionals.
For more information, please contact the leadership group:
Web site: http://www.iztacala.unam.mx/amta/
Dutch Academy for Eating Disorders
Nederlandse Academie voor Eetstoornissen (NAE)
Partner Organization since February 2010
The Dutch Academy for Eating Disorders is an association of professionals committed to improving the level of eating disorder prevention, treatment, education and research in the Netherlands. Founded in 2005, the Academy has 175 individual members (psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, dieticians, pediatricians, doctors of internal medicine, psychomotor and creative therapists) and 18 institutional members with over 500 coworkers. The patient association, WEET, is a special member and meets the Board twice a year.
The NAE organizes a national conference on eating disorders once every two years for therapists, patients and carers and a local meeting for its members in the other years. The NAE organizes courses for new workers in the field of eating disorders and courses on special subjects. There are currently four Special Interest Groups: Children and Adolescents, Long Term Eating Disorders, Psychomotor therapy and Family Therapy. A newsletter is sent to members monthly.
The Board meets every six weeks and its members are Prof. Annemarie van Elburg, (President and AED-liaison), Prof. Eric van Furth (incoming president) Jan Willem van Heertum (treasurer), Anton van Amerongen, Patricia Bos, Annemarie van Bellegem (secretary), Marga Oudendijk (office).
, Web site: www.naeweb.nl
Chapter since March 2014
The Nordic Chapter of the AED was formed by the Nordic Eating Disorders Society (NEDS). NEDS was formed in Stockholm on May 23, 1997 and consists of all the members of the Nordic National Societies for Eating Disorders in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. Iceland has an observer status and we expect the Icelandic Eating Disorder Society to join NEDS at the next Conference in Helsinki in 2016.
The NEDS has as its main objective to serve as a forum for new contacts and exchange of experiences among eating disorder professionals in the Nordic countries in order to increase knowledge about and to improve the treatment of eating disorders. NEDS supports various Nordic Interest Groups, NIGs. NEDS has also a working website: www.neds.nu.
The Board of NEDS consists of one ordinary member and one substitute, elected by the national board from each of the four member countries. A general vote at the NEDS General Assembly elects the chairperson for four years.
Biannually NEDS arranges in close cooperation with the national societies a Nordic Conference of Eating Disorders which also has a general assembly for NEDS. The latest 10th Nordic Conference of Eating Disorders was held September 17-19, 2014 in Stockholm. Finland will host the next Conference in Helsinki September 21-23, 2016. www.nedsconference.com
Ogólnopolskie Centrum Zaburzeń Odżywiania
Partner Organization since November 2012
The Polish National Center for Eating Disorders is a national program that operates within The Kazimierz Twardowski European Center for Supporting Social Initiatives Foundation. Its goals are to increase the availability of information about by creating professional knowledge source about Eating Disorders either for sufferers and their relatives, teachers and students, journalists, professional environment and society as a whole, increasing widely understood assistance for sufferers and their relatives, change social attitudes and raise public awareness about Eating Disorders, improve accessibility and quality of medical care for people with Eating Disorders through creation of complex and system solutions and the development of professional knowledge in collaboration with the scientific community including creation of unit consisting of a complex therapeutic center associated with a scientific-research and training center. Website: www.centrumzaburzenodzywiania.pl
Affiliate Organization since September 2011
SCAN is one of the largest dietetic practice groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. There are over 6,000 Registered Dietitians (RD) and Dietetic Technicians (DTR) involved with nutrition expertise in the area of sports, physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness and the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating.
The mission of SCAN is to empower members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders through excellence and expertise in nutrition for sports and physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness and disordered eating and eating disorders.
We aim to optimize the nation's health by providing exceptional nutrition care in sports performance and physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness, and disordered eating and eating disorders.
The goals of SCAN are:
- SCAN members are recognized experts in food and nutrition for sports performance and physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness and disordered eating and eating disorders.
- SCAN members value the integration of four practice areas to provide comprehensive evidence-based medical nutrition therapy to improve the health of those we serve.
- Members and prospective members view SCAN as key to professional success.
Swedish Eating Disorder Society (SEDS)
Partner Organization since December 2013
The Swedish Eating Disorder Society (SEDS) was formed in 1993 as a network for people professionally involved in eating disorder treatment, research and method development. The goal of the SEDS is to develop and systematize knowledge of and improve treatments for the disorders Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa, and similar conditions. The SEDS works to improve care by supporting collaboration between treatment units as well as research, spreading knowledge, facilitating clinic-research communication, and collaborating with international organizations. The SEDS organizes two meetings per year with lectures, seminars and workshops, and has around 250 members as of 2013. Ongoing Nordic collaboration is organized within the Nordic Eating Disorder Society (NEDS). The SEDS is politically and religiously neutral. Anyone who works professionally with eating disorder treatment and/or research in Sweden is welcome to join. More information (in Swedish) on http://www.sabs.nu.
Partner Organization since September 2011
The "Experten-Netzwerk Essstörungen Schweiz" (ENES) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001. It represents 300 members throughout Switzerland such as physicians, general practitioners, psychotherapists, nutrition consultants and other professionals in private practice. It also represents specialized institutions charged with the treatment, research and prevention of eating disorders and obesity of children, adolescents and adults. The steering committee of ENES consists of 5 members and manages the activities of the network according to its particular objectives. Members meet once a year, although several task forces get together more frequently. Every second year an expert conference is attended by people from all over Switzerland interested in the topic of eating disorders. ENES works in cooperation with other organizations including the DGESS (German Society for Eating Disorders). The homepage (www.netzwerk-essstoerungen.ch) was established by the ENES and financed by the Ministry for Education and Science in Bern (BBW). It is continuously updated. ENES is financially supported by membership fees and donations from sponsors.
- to improve the quality of treatment provided for patients suffering from eating disorders
- to spread knowledge of the bio-psycho-social basis of eating disorders via the education of therapists, carers and laypersons
- to inform the public about patients’ concerns and promote their social acceptance
- to reduce eating disorders and their consequences through prevention and early detection
phone +41 43 499 12 12
Dr. phil. Erika Toman (Chairwoman); Dr. med. Hanspeter Flury; Dr. Nicolas Gervasoni; Dr. med. Dagmar Pauli; Dr. med. Dr. phil. Daniel Sollberger; and Dr. med. Lars Wöckel.
Affiliate Organization since January 2012
The Eating Disorder Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists was born in June 2007 under the leadership of Professor Ulrike Schmidt, developing from a Special Interest Group inaugurated in 1995 with Professor Russell as its first Chair.
It brings together eating disorder psychiatrists working in the field across the United Kingdom and set standards for clinical services and training. We have a lively conference programme supported by bursaries for trainees, and our various policies are given greater weights by close collaboration with BEAT, the UK’s Eating Disorder Association.
We embrace affiliation with AED, as voices raised in unison and harmony are powerful indeed.
Chair: John F. Morgan
National Association for Males with Eating Disorder (N.A.M.E.D.)
Affiliate Organization since February 2015
The National Association for Males with Eating Disorder (N.A.M.E.D.) (http://namedinc.org/) is a nationwide professional association committed to leadership in the field of male eating disorders. Established in 2006, N.A.M.E.D. is the only organization in the United States exclusively dedicated to representing and providing support to males with eating disorders. With a lack of attention, research, support, and prevention directed to boys and men with eating disorders, N.A.M.E.D. was developed to play a vital role in filling this gap by offering information and resources about and support to this underrepresented population and their families. Revitalized with a new board of directors and source of funding, our current efforts aim to provide support for males affected by eating disorders, provide access to collective expertise, and promote the development of effective clinical intervention and research in this population.
The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
Affiliate Organization since May 2012
Founded in 1968, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development and research. SAHM has a strong North American base as well as a vibrant and active international membership. Eating disorders and obesity affect a high percentage of children, adolescents, and young adults, and SAHM’s multidisciplinary membership has been active in providing the clinical care, teaching and research that helps inform best practices and identify evidence-based strategies to promote health and recovery.
An active participant in AED’s Partnership and Affiliate committee since 2012, SAHM maintains a vibrant Special Interest Group on Eating Disorders, as well as a SubCommittee on Eating Disorders that helps coordinate activities and guide policy. SAHM has endorsed the AED Medical Guidelines brochure and appreciates the cross fertilization with AED with respect to improving care, education and research in the field of eating disorders. We also welcome new members from all countries! SAHM members who choose to join AED are eligible for a $10 discount when they first join AED. See the AED website for details on how to join AED. For AED members interested in joining SAHM, we welcome you to visit our SAHM website at http://www.adolescenthealth.org.
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- Last Updated: 29 March 2015