The Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) began in 1993 with a meeting organized by Craig Johnson, Ph.D., in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. 31 clinicians and researchers met to discuss concerns about the deleterious effects of managed care and other insurance practices on providing quality care for patients with eating disorders.
This group saw the need for an organization of eating disorder professionals who embody excellence in education, treatment and research that could advocate for patients with eating disorders, and provide vocational training development and, in general, represent the field of eating disorders. The EDA was established to achieve these goals and today the AED includes more than 1,500 professionals worldwide who have joined together to support this mission.
The direction of the current and past AED has worked hard to ensure that this mission is fulfilled. Here is a brief chronology of achievements during the tenure of each president:
Global access for knowledge, research and best eating disorder treatment practices.
The Academy of Eating Disorders is a global trade association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment and prevention.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AED
• To generate knowledge and incorporate the collective expertise on eating disorders
• Provide platforms to promote understanding, knowledge sharing, and integration of practical research in the field of eating disorders
• To strengthen the capacity of the next generation of professional eating disorders
• To promote innovation and best practices in recognizing excellence in the field of eating disorders.
• Anorexia Nervosa
• Binge-Eating Disorder
• Restrictive avoidant and food intake disorder (ARFID)
• Other specified food or eating disorders