Aug 8, 2022
Turner is currently the co-founder and co-CEO of the Body Freedom Project which was formed to realize a world free from body discrimination. Turner is also the founder of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) which she successfully merged with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in 2018 after 10 years of running BEDA’s day-to-day operations and programming. A highlight of Turner’s work with BEDA was the inclusion of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual’s 5th Edition (DSM-5), published in 2013.
Prior to this diagnostic addition, those struggling with the most common and underdiagnosed eating disorder had little hope of being recognized much less accessing treatment and insurance coverage.
One of the most forward-thinking and pivotal programs created by Turner and the board of directors of BEDA was Weight Stigma Awareness Week which continues under The Body Freedom Project. This powerful event held every September is critical to the awareness and education necessary to eliminate the weight stigma and discrimination that impedes access to quality healthcare, employment, housing and the basic dignity of not being bullied, harassed or stigmatized based on body shape and size.
Turner carries these messages to audiences around the US and abroad in schools, healthcare settings, trade organizations, associations, professional conferences, corporations, and governmental agencies. Turner is also the co-author of Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery & Beyond.
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