Clients' bodies come in ALL shapes and sizes (and colors and gender identities and body abilities and faith beliefs and country of origin and....).
So do providers' bodies.
Diversity (in all forms) is a good thing. The purpose of this list is to
highlight and center eating disorder and body image providers and activists who have experienced being marginalized because of an aspect of their identity,
showcase the rich diversity of providers and activists we have in the field of body liberation,
serve as a resource for folks to access, both for potential clients and for individuals of marginalized identities to be inspired to enter the field.
Please note this list is a working draft and we hope this list will continue to grow. If you would like to be added, please send your info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to read each of their "In Their Words," to follow their work, and to learn from them, as we have.
Provider: Meghan Watson, MA, Registered Psychotherapist
Self-identifies as: POC, immigrant bisexual cisgendered, able bodied therapist. She/her/hers
About her work: Fat positive, anti oppressive, anti diet clinician of colour working to support meaningful change and connection. Experience in a variety of mental health settings for eating disorders and complex mental health (inpatient, residential, day treatment, IOP, outpatient). Passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ queer POC mental health and human rights. Specialization in severe mood dysregulation and anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders, and personality disorders. Offering compassionate, flexible and evidenced based therapy in downtown Toronto, Canada
Where: Toronto, ON Canada
In her words: I work with adolescents and adults of all genders, races, bodies, classes and religions. I immigrated to Canada from Barbados as a young adult and know the feeling of being othered, marginalized, and isolated. My experience with navigating and developing a healthy self worth and healing in my clients is rooted in my own past experiences of self hatred and disconnection. My hope is to foster hope and empower others to explore their experiences in this world, and create a life they want and deserve.
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Provider/Activist: Patrilie Hernandez,
Self Identifies as: cis-gender, able-bodied fat queer Latinx light-skinned woman of color living with mental illness (Bipolar Disorder) with ED history
About their work:
I am a health and nutrition specialist with over 12 years of professional experience that has shaped my understanding of food not only as nourishment, but how it intersects with feminism, social justice, and systemic racism. I currently work with the DC early childhood community in nurturing and educating young children who are confident in their relationships with food, their health, and their bodies. I am also the founder of EmBody Lib, a social media and education platform that aims to improve the health of future women and femme leaders by embracing body liberation principles. My goals are to 1.) Embody body liberation activism by bringing awareness to the harms of diet culture, weight stigma, fatphobia, and other intersectional oppressive systems 2.)Educate health and wellness stakeholders on applying body liberation principles to various learning environments, and 3.) Empower future women and femme leaders to become their own body liberation advocate.
Where: Washington, DC
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Web: Website coming soon!
In their words: Centering the voices of health specialists who live under marginalized identities allow for increased opportunities to examine the current health system as is defined by the status quo. By handing us the mic, we can use our formal education in combination with our lived experiences as a way to inform the community at large of the many systemic barriers that keep us ALL from receiving equitable, compassionate, and inclusive healthcare. We can advocate for change within the system through policy and practice, in a field where huge disparities among mainly exist because of white supremacist and toxic patriarchal structures that were built to exclude us.
Provider/Activist: Mazella Fuller, Ph.D, MSW, CEDS
Self-identifies as: African-American woman, cisgender, able-bodied and straight
About her work: I have been practicing for 20+ years in a college mental health setting. I am a certified eating disorders specialist and integrative health coach. Clinical focus areas are brief individual/ student developmental framework, couples, gender and social justice, equity and inclusion and women's leadership development.
Where: Duke University, Durham, NC
In her words: I believe it is an ethical responsibility to center providers of marginalized identities focusing on our lived experiences. I also believe mental health is a social justice issue, providing our POC clients with woke culturally competent clinicians.
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Provider/Activist: Taylor Chan
Self-identifies as: Chinese-Canadian woman - living with many privileges (pronouns: she/her/hers)
About her work: I am a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer who believes that food is more than *just* food. Through an Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size approach, I help others to move and eat in a way that supports all aspects of their health and well-being - mental, social, emotional, financial, and physical. I have a virtual Intuitive Eating and nutrition counseling practice, and also share doodles on Instagram to help challenge diet culture!
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
In her words: Diversity and inclusion are powerful and essential in bringing more compassion, empathy, and understanding into the world.
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Provider/Activist: Tiana Dodson
Self-identifies as: POC (Guamanian and Black), Fat, Queer, Cis-Gender, Mom
About her work: I am a fat, certified holistic health coach who’s out to destroy the belief that you have to be skinny to be happy and healthy. Through my work with One Beautiful Yes and the In This Body virtual conferences, I guide women of all types, femmes, and gender-nonconforming people to reconnect with their bodies through pragmatic self-care practices so they can come to see that there is nothing wrong with living in a larger body.
In her words: When it comes to overcoming body hatred, yo-yo dieting, and the difficulties of navigating a fat phobic culture, I've been there and my work is based in my own personal journey. I get it because I'm fat, too. Let's find your healthy together.
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Provider/Activist: Sonalee Rashatwar, MSW, LSW, MEd
Self-identifies as: fat, queer, nonbinary, bisexual, immigrant, indian american, Hindu, lower caste, disabled, sexual assault survivor; Pronouns: she/they
About her work: A rabble rouser by definition fat-positive, post-colonial, anti-oppression activist of color, Licensed Social Worker, specializing in sexual trauma, domestic violence, incest, body image, weight neutrality, racial ethnic or immigrant identity issues, therapy for activists, anti oppression, all general sexuality issues; Provides counseling, consulting, workshops, trainings. Member of: Women of Color Sexual Health Network, Philadelphia South Asian Collective (Organizer), and East Coast Solidarity Summer Collective (Organizer)
Where: Philadelphia area
In her words: It is important to center providers of marginalized identities because consumers don't always know how to find marginalized therapists.
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Provider/Activist: Fumi Somehara, APD (equivalent to RD)
Self-identifies as: Japanese Australian. I acknowledge that I have privilege as a thin, able-bodied young woman. I also have a racial privilege if I'm in Japan.
About her work: I'm a dietitian and pilates instructor with a passion to nurture positive body image and healthful eating practices for dancers. I work in dance schools and clinics offering body awareness/conditioning classes and nutrition education and counselling. I see both males and females from teens to adults. I'm also currently working to connect health professionals in Japan to form a client-centerd, non-judgmental, weight-inclusive eating disorder prevention and recovery support community. Where: Sydney, Australia. In her words: We need diversity to really make a difference. Every single person's lived experience is different, and without having a diverse range of providers from marginalized identities we will not be able to reach out to people who are suffering from eating disorders.
Find her at: Web: dancersdontdiet.com.au
Provider/Activist: Nicola Salmon
Self-identifies as: fat, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied, privileged woman living with PCOS
About her work: I am fat positive fertility coach supporting fat women through their journey to becoming mamas in a very weight-centric environment. There is little to no support for fat women who want to get pregnant and they are repeatedly told that they cannot and should not get pregnant. I advocate for change to policies in place that deny fat women fertility support and treatment.
I'm also trained as an acupuncturist and naturopath and use the principles I've learnt in these fields to support my work. Currently training in intuitive eating and HAES principles.
Where: London, UK with worldwide support available online
In her words: We are all human beings and deserve to receive care from other humans who see us as the complete people that we are. People with marginalised bodies do not need to be changed. As a fat woman my whole adult life, I've seen how my fat has negatively impacted the support I've received around my health. How people see me as a before picture. Providers with marginalised identities are shaped by their experiences living in marginalised bodies and this experience provides unique insight and tools to allow them to support others in an incredible way.
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Provider/Activist: Jes Baker
Self-identifies as: A fat, white, cis-gender, able-bodied, pansexual woman with mental illness diagnoses (Major Depressive Disorder and BPD) as well as chronic illness (PCOS and Hypothyroidism) who is dedicated to continuing to learn how to do better, recognizing her privilege and appreciating her internal resiliency. Pronouns: she/her.
About her work: Jes Baker is an author, international speaker and blogger with a background in mental health where she worked as a BHT, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist, Peer Navigator and Educator. In 2013, she created satirical versions of Abercrombie & Fitch advertisements which led to her first appearance on the Today Show, marking her arrival as a prominent voice in the body image movement. Jes has written and published two books: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, a handbook created for those who are beginning their body acceptance journey and Landwhale, a memoir-esque exploration of the complex conversations that arise while navigating the world as a fat woman. She remains forever indebted to and grateful for the body activists that have come before her and additionally, the activists that surround her now. It is because of their legacy work and current endeavors that Jes is able to not only have healing conversations with others, but is additionally able to work on personal healing in her own life.
Where: Tucson, AZ
In her words: My passion lies in working towards turning our cultural concept of beauty/worthiness on its oppressive head as I know for a fact that every person is deserving of respect and feeling valued no matter their size, shape, race, sex, ability, gender, age or health records. My hope is that through unlearning societal lies that surround the topics mentioned above, individuals will be able to reconnect with themselves, make peace with their bodies (as well as other people’s bodies), work towards personal liberation and ultimately access their best life - whatever this means to them. When achieved en masse, I can’t help but believe that we will see a shift in our world for the better.
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Provider/Activist: Fatmah Al-Qadfan, MA, RDT
Self-Identifies as: Arab, Muslim, woman - living with many privileges including but are not limited to: nationality, access to healthcare, and education
About her work: Fatmah is a Registered Drama Therapist who firmly believes in the power of the creative arts in promoting healing and in addressing social justice issues. She utilizes storytelling, role play and improvisation in clinical and community-based settings. Fatmah is passionate about working with individuals and families with eating disorders and trauma. She works within the HAES and Intuitive Eating frameworks.
In her words: Throughout my educational and professional career, I found myself looking up to role models whose lived experiences differed vastly from mine. There was always something about me that they missed. I wish I could have experienced working with a therapist, a mentor, a supervisor who looked or sounded like me - someone who would understand aspects of my identity (that I could not even put into words) without pathologizing. It took years to sift through the music and the noise, to find my voice and own my narrative. My growth now continues in relation to others. With every encounter I bear witness, I hold stories, and I empathize as an Arab, Muslim woman.
Find her at: dramatherapykuwait.com
Provider/Activist: Melissa Toler
Self-identifies as: Black, cis woman with thin privilege (pronouns: she/her/hers)
About her work: I'm a former wellness coach turned writer, speaker, and educator. All of my work is about challenging the cultural messages and images that tell us something is wrong with our bodies and that we should spend a lifetime trying to fix it. Now, I run reflective writing courses and workshops designed to help people unlearn these messages so they can discover the truth about themselves.
Where: Washington, DC
In her words: It's important to center providers of marginalized identities because people who are seeking help want to see providers who look like them and have similar life experiences. The current paradigm is leaving people out of important conversations around eating disorders, fitness, and what it means to be healthy...and that's not ok. We all deserve to exist peacefully in our bodies.
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Provider/Activist: Melissa Carmona, MS, LPCA, NCC
Self-identifies as: Bilingual Latina, Fat, daughter of immigrants.
About her work: I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor that provides services in both English and Spanish. I specialize on Eating Disorders and work through a Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating lens. My clinical experience includes helping clients with trauma, depression, and anxiety. My passion lies in helping anyone who feels like the “other”, whether it be because of a physical/mental health condition or because society has decided to assign that label for us. I am also an amateur photographer, seeking to capture bodies and stories that need and want to be seen.
Where: Greensboro, NC
Works With: I welcome all bodies of different sizes, color, gender, sexuality, and age into my office.
In her words: As a client myself, I’ve had many disappointing experiences where therapists and dietitians stated “understanding” what it’s like to live in my shoes. As a fat Latina, who’s parents lived in the shadows as undocumented immigrants, and who had to rely on food stamps and calculate our food by the dime...I found it difficult to believe that this person that looked and sounded nothing like me truly understood. It is important to center providers of marginalized identities because we have been muted for too long. Our voice matters too. It was because I started seeing providers that looked and sounded like me (particularly women of color) that I realized I could believe in myself too. If they could persevere and grow (in many ways) amongst everyone else's doubts, I could too.
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Provider: Haley Jones, BS, MS (2020)
Self identifies as: I am a white, queer, non-binary & trans, neurodivergent, able-bodied, college-educated, young individual living with a chronic illness and in a smaller body. I am naming my privileged identities (white, in a smaller body, college-educated, & young as a white to acknowledge that I hold privilege in these areas and this affects how I exist in a country founded on White Supremacy and the genocide of indigenous peoples.
About my work: I am currently working as a counseling intern at Be Nourished where I primarily serve queer, non-binary & trans folx dealing with disordered eating, eating disorders, and complex trauma. I am a speaker on topics of trauma-informed care, body liberation, eating disorders & disordered eating, and integrating social justice work into counseling. My work and personal values are grounded in anti-oppression, anti-racist, anti-colonial & an anti-capitalist framework. I am invested in fat liberation, disability justice, Mad pride, radical mental health, queer liberation, and anti-fascism. I am also passionate about somatic work and exploring the connection between the body & experiences of trauma.
Where: Portland, Oregon
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Provider/Activist: Joy Cox
Self-identifies as: fat Black cisgender woman
About her work: I am a researcher (soon to be Ph.D. recipient) who studies communicative practices around fatphobia and weight stigma in the context of organizational communication. My research is both interdisciplinary and intersectional. I am also the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee for ASDAH (Association for Size Diversity and Health), and have a podcast, Fresh Out the Cocoon, that I use to share my research and lived experiences. To add, the podcast also serves as a platform for the voices of Black women and femmes, highlighting them and the work they do for fat acceptance. I also sell fat positive t-shirts that coincide with the podcast, allowing followers to express themselves through what they wear.
Where: New Jersey
In her words: It is my conviction that the voices of the most marginalized should be centered because all too often we have been shut out after putting our lives on the line for social justice, having our work stolen and resources withheld, while those who do not experience struggle to the same degree benefit from our labor. In short, center us because we deserve it and our recognition is long overdue.
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Provider: Jinah Yoon, LICSW, MDiv.
Self-identifies as: Korean American, immigrant, cisgender; Privileged by being able-bodied, straight, by class, education, and access to healthcare. Pronouns: She/her/hers
About my work: Experience working with issues related to body image, food, and EDs. Cultural competence, LGBTQ affirming, and sensitivity to ways body image and relationship with food are informed and impacted by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class. Feminist and ally. Adhere strictly to Health At Every Size (HAES) philosophy and Intuitive Eating. Family Based Treatment (FBT) trained. Provide spiritual direction. Specialize in helping clients work through questions of identity as related to their faith, religious, or spiritual experiences. Provide supervision.
Where: Seattle, WA, USA
Provider/Activist: Amelia Mitchell, LMT, LLCC, BCTMB
Self-identifies as: Fat, Queer, Cisgender, White, living with the fall-out of extensive cancer treatment, ED recovering (prefer to recovered.) As a white woman, I live with privilege even though I don’t fit in an airline seat or restaurant booth too well.
About her work: A nationally certified lymph drainage specialist and massage therapist who has been working for over a decade to create a safe and welcoming space for all bodies. Owner of Alchemy Healing Arts Center where we emphatically welcome people of all body sizes and have appropriate equipment to do so. Beyond that, people of all races, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transition status, religion, ability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin are welcome. Alchemy offers Therapeutic Massage, CranioSacral and Lymph Drainage Therapy, Myofascial, PreNatal, and Yin Yoga. I am also a continuing education instructor, offering classes in grounding, healthy boundaries, ethics, diversity, and building connection to one’s body and trust in its messages.
Where: Annapolis, Maryland
In her words: How we treat ourselves, how we talk to ourselves, and how we listen to the wisdom of our bodies can deeply impact our lives. As a hands-on therapist I can reflect love and respect for the bodies in my care, model compassion, teach trust, and push back against internalized stigma and systemic bias. Outside of the office I seek opportunities to do the same with my voice and presence.
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Self-identifies as: agender, South-Asian American, disabled, #actuallyautistic, bi, Muslim and fat
About his work: I am an activist for marginalized folks across all of my identities, including modifying recovery spaces to center trans, disabled and POC bodies. Recovery is for everyone, and marginalized folks are all too often not a consideration when thinking about how these spaces are shaped. I speak a lot about my experiences with recovery as a multiple marginalized person on my Twitter a great deal, and I'm always happy to connect with other people in recovery.
In his words: The fact that we're still asking why it's important to center marginalized identities is, itself, proof that that hasn't already happened. Trans, disabled, POC, fat folks, folks of all stripes can have eating disorders. The care we get doesn't recognize that, and that's if we have access to care at all. Marginalized folks often struggle with EDs at higher rates, and we don't have enough data as to why that is. Listening to marginalized folks is vital. Giving us the mic, and lowering the structural barriers keeping us from entering and shaping those spaces is vital. Nothing about this can get fixed if we aren't there, helping it happen.
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Provider/Activist: Judi-Lee Webb, Ph.D., CEDS-S
Self-identifies as: Caribbean, Curvy, Curly and Chocolate
Where: Atlanta, GA
About her work: I am a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor, Co-Owner/Clinical Director of New Directions Counseling Center and the Founding President of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals-Atlanta Chapter. I have been treating people with eating disorders and body image issues since 2001 and counsel adolescents and adults for individual, family, couples, and group counseling in my private practice.
In her words: As a Jamaican woman of color who migrated to the US many years ago, I can relate to both the Caribbean culture and the westernized culture of the US. Gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural awareness and competence are extremely important in this diverse melting pot in which we live, therefore I strive to gain a greater understanding of all people, particularly as it relates to their relationship with food and their body. I also believe that when clients see how much I love and respect my curvy body it helps them love and respect theirs as well. I encourage them to BE AUTHENTIC, BE TRUE, BE YOU!
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Web: newdirectionsatlanta.com &
Provider/Activist: Linda Bacon, PhD
Self-identifies as: Largely privileged, which often cushions/overshadows my marginalized experience of being queer
About their work: An experienced professor, researcher, psychotherapist, author, and acclaimed international speaker, Dr. Linda Bacon changes lives and empowers people through life-altering seminars, workshops, and writing. Dr. Bacon has mined her deep academic proficiency, her wide-ranging clinical expertise and her own personal experience to write two best-selling books, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, and the co-authored Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, both of which are credited with transforming the weight discourse and inspiring a hopeful new course for the global body positivity movement. She’s currently writing her next manifesto, provisionally titled When Self-Love Isn’t Enough: Cultivating Body Liberation in an Unjust World, while spreading this message through public speaking. Her three graduate degrees in weight-related science help in her ability to cite research, analyze biomedical data, and back up everything she says with smart analysis. But she’s cautious too, to make sure that her allegiance to the so-called “hard science”, to the pathways and statistics, and charts and graphs, doesn’t mean that she loses track of the people at the heart of it all. After years of working with others, through psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, as an exercise physiologist and a professor and researcher, she’s come to understand the strategies that mobilize and inspire change, and has amassed a wealth of stories – her own and others – that help humanize the message.
Where: San Francisco Bay Area, travel widely
In their words: The personal is political. Human representation is one of the most valuable tools for educating and for creating empathy and connection. Seeing others who look like us and have our struggles can validate and affirm the experiences of those whose stories are otherwise ignored. Seeing others who don’t look like us and don’t fit the dominant narratives – and hearing their stories - allows everyone to expand their humanity, to carry with us the lived experiences of people who need advocates and representation now more than ever. In my work, I combine science and story, helping humanize my mission to help establish a culture of empathy and belonging.
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Provider/Activist: Ayana Habtemariam MSW, RDN, LDN
Self-identifies as: American born descendant of Africans brought here as part of the European slave trade, woman with body privilege within black communities and economic privilege through my spouse (though this does not protect me from most forms of systemic racism or the fact that I am 3.3 x as likely to die from childbirth than my white counterparts).
About her work: I am a registered dietitian, macro social worker, and owner of Truly Real Nutrition LLC, a virtual private practice. Using the intuitive eating framework from a HAES approach and drawing from my own lived experience as a black woman, I empower women to make peace with food and find healing from rejection and body oppression.
Where: DC, MD, VA, online
In her words: Because whose history, experiences, and culture are being held up as the standard if diverse voices aren’t being centered. If we aren’t being centered, then we’re being silenced.
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Provider/Activist: Vincci Tsui, RD
Self-identifies as: POC (Hong Kong-Chinese-Canadian, immigrant) but am otherwise largely privileged (cis-gender, straight, able-bodied, thin, educated, upper-middle class)
About her work: I am a RD and certified IE counselor providing nutrition counselling and coaching in IE and body image in Calgary, Canada. I see clients in-person and online. I specialize in working with people struggling with chronic dieting and disordered eating, but will also see people with ED and other diagnoses.
In her words: I believe it's important to center providers of marginalized identities because while science and evidence provide the framework for the work that we do, our lived experiences add richness. When a client sees a provider that looks like them, or has had similar life experiences as them, there is just a different type of connection there, allowing for new paths to be forged along the road to recovery.
Find her at: www.vinccitsui.com
Provider/Activist: Ilya Parker
Self-identifies as: Black, Trans masculine (non binary) person
About their work: I am a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Medical Exercise Coach, Social Justice Warrior, Writer and Educator. I have over 12 years of rehabilitative and functional training experience. I’ve also engaged in grass roots organizing for the last 15 years with a focus on healing justice, disability justice and gender justice. The populations I primarily serve are queer/trans people of color who may also be disabled, fat and/or chronically ill.
Where: Charlotte, NC and virtual services
In their words: Decolonizing Fitness (formerly known as Forseca Fitness) was established in memory of my good friend “Big J” Forseca who passed away of lung cancer in 2015. He was transgender, chronically ill and disabled. He was also poor and couldn’t afford most of the medical care he needed. When he was able to access medical care he often dreaded going to the doctor because he experienced so much discrimination. Sadly this is the story of many poor queer and trans people in the United States, especially those living in geographically dispersed areas. Decolonizing Fitness was birthed from the need for queer, trans, non binary, chronically ill and disabled folks to have better access to affirming and supportive health/wellness/fitness services. Decolonizing Fitness seeks to put healing justice into practice by redefining and reimagining what fitness can be like when it is liberating, and restorative.
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Provider/Activist: Amanda Martinez Beck
Self-identifies as: Fat Acceptance Activist
About her/his/their work: Author & Podcaster
Where: Longview, TX
In her words: I am a fat anti-dieter fighting for everyone around me, including myself-to lean in to the goodness of every body. I’m turning the anger I have at diet culture into activism and art.
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Provider/Activist: Gloria Lucas
Self-identifies as: Xicana womxn
About her work: Gloria has a background in sexual health education, HIV/AIDS services, and trauma & substance abuse services for women and transgender folks. In 2014, she founded Nalgona Positivity Pride from years of dealing with the lack of women of color representation in the eating disorder awareness community. Like the womxn of color that came before, she creates spaces for marginalized folks to support each other and heal from the trauma of colonialism, eurocentric beauty ideals, and disordered eating in communities of color. Nalgona Positivity Pride is a Xicana-brown-indigenous body-positive organization that focuses on the link between historical trauma and eating disorders. NPP provides intersectional eating disorders education and community-based support for people of color who are struggling with troubled eating and poor body-image. They provide the following support groups: 1) Sage and Spoon is a monthly online peer support group for people of color and indigenous people who struggle with an unhealthy relationship with food. 2) Te Con Miel is a monthly womxn of color circle that focuses on body-image in Los Angeles. 3) Tresitas is a young girls of color program
In her words: Honor and pay for the labor of womxn of color.
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Provider/Activist: Lisa Du Breuil, LICSW
Self-identifies as: super fat, cis, able-bodied, straight, white
About her work: I’m an LICSW since 1996 and since 2003 I’ve been a psychotherapist doing individual and group work in an outpatient hospital-based clinic, treating people with co-occurring substance use disorders and eating disorders and more recently people with new-onset SUDs and compulsions following weight loss surgery. I also have a private practice where I treat people diagnosed with binge eating disorder and people dealing with various problems following weight loss surgery. As both an activist and a clinician I speak and write about how weight bias impacts health and well being and what we can do to protect ourselves. My ultimate goal is to help people live peacefully in their bodies both by improving self-care skills and teaching how to navigate our challenging body culture.
Where: Salem, MA
In her words: It’s really helpful to the healing process if people are able to work with providers who share lived experiences and identities. These lived experiences, including the experience of being marginalized in the larger culture, informs providers’ clinical practices and can offer a broadened and deeper understanding of what people are bringing into the treatment experience.
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Provider/Activist: Sonya Renee Taylor Self-identifies as: Fat, Black, Queer, Neurodivergent radical femme About her work: Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice. Sonya has shared her work as an award-winning Performance Poet, Activist, and educator in numerous countries, countless stages and on major media outlets around the world, reaching hundreds of thousands of people with her commitment to radical self-love and transformation. In her words: Eating disorders exist in the context of a system that tells us only some bodies are valuable. When we fail to center the experiences and voices of marginalized people we reinforce the narrative of that system. If ED recovery is in part about healing the ways we have internalized that system, then our work as providers and activists must be to eradicate all the ways we perpetuated the system. Valuing and centering marginalized voices is a necessary part of creating a world that works for every body which is a world that works for our clients bodies. Find her at: Web: TheBodyisNotAnApology.com AND sonyareneetaylor.com
Provider/Activist: Grace Wong RD, MSc, CEDRD-S
Self-identifies as: I am a Chinese-Canadian who lives with varying levels of privileges in different areas of life. I am able-bodied and educated. I have a professional identity that allows me to ask questions and be treated with respect. I navigate an evolving identity of being an immigrant and a Canadian. I live in a place I wasn't born to and yet I have lived here for most of my life. I live with a sensitivity that I don't have words to express on most days. English is my second language, but I am no more fluent in any other languages. I live and work in spaces where expression and articulation through language matter.
About her work: I am a dietitian specializes in feeding & eating disorders. I support clients of all ages and their families in finding peace with eating including, but not limited to, disordered eating and food aversions. I try very hard every day to not make assumptions or hold judgement of people. Believing in people is what fuels my passion in this work.
In her words: Diverse representation in health care providers opens up perspectives that aren't accessible to us otherwise. Social determinants of health impact on our health significantly more than any individual factors. Therefore, responsible and ethical health care requires a commitment from all of us to know what is it like to live with marginalization. I hope we continue to invite voices that are not in the mainstream and open our hearts to learn about human experiences that we have not experienced ourselves.
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Provider/Activist: Rachel Porter, PsyD, CEDS
Self-identifies as: Fat, White, cis, straight, able-bodied, neurotypical.
About her work: I work at Carolina House as the Clinical Care Advocate and Lead Therapist for our gender inclusive residence, The Estate. In my private practice, I provide individual therapy. I have 15 years working at residential eating disorder facilities and 5 years in private practice. I work with folx across the ED spectrum but am most specialized in working with people who have BED. I also generally work with folx who are working on accepting their bodies and identities as they are. I work from a Health at Every Size approach.
Where: Durham, NC
In her words: I think it’s essential that we center marginalized voices because the patriarchal, white supremacist narrative has caused more than enough damage. Until we, as mental health providers, stop upholding the white, male, cis, straight, thin narratives about mental health, we will continue to cause damage- and the guiding principle of any health provider must be “First, do no harm.” Rather than continually telling people who do not fit the prevailing myth of ideal what their experiences are, what they should feel, how they should be- we must start listening to own voices talking about their own experiences.
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Provider/Activist: Jamie Dannenberg (CJ), MS, RD, LDN and Jamie Bushell (OJ)
Self-identifies as: OJ is non-binary (pronouns they/them), is in recovery from an eating disorder, and lives with co-occurring mental illnesses; CJ is able-bodied and cisgender-ish (pronouns she/her); We are both queer and Jewish
About their work: We write about eating disorder recovery through a queer lens and document the dual perspectives of patient and nontraditional caregiver on our blog thirdwheelED. Our writing focuses on the intersectionality of eating disorders, sexuality, and gender identity/expression. We work with mental health and eating disorder professionals to deliver trainings and presentations on how eating disorders specifically affect the LGBTQIA+ community.We hope to continue advocating for inclusive and competent research, representation, awareness, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders in the LGBTQIA+ community. CJ also happens to (conveniently!) be a registered dietitian at a community action agency providing nutrition services to clients experiencing homelessness or are in recovery from substance use. She hopes to continue her career by blending her two passions, nutrition and social justice, to help the most vulnerable people in our communities have access to resources and support to improve their overall health and well-being no matter their circumstance.
Where: Boston, MA
In their words: Representation matters! Current mainstream eating disorder pedagogy ignores the potential impact that discrimination and oppression have on the development and prevalence of eating disorders in the LGBTQIA+ community. Many members of the LGBTQIA+ community refrain from seeking help from providers because of the consequences of oppression, micro-aggression, fear of not being taken seriously, and the hesitation to subvert cultural norms. As a result, centering providers of marginalized identities becomes a way to increase access to care and treatment. It is important for clients to feel understood by providers who share similar, lived experiences in order to help clients feel safe, accepted, and less ashamed.
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Provider/Activist: Marcella M Raimondo, PhD, MPH
Self-identifies as: cisgender able-bodied, thin, educated and light skin privileges, queer woman of color who recovered from an eating disorder, pronouns: she/her/hers
About her work: Over 20 years of eating disorder activism and speaking, clinical care since 2007. Provides therapy, consultation for clinicians, speaking at events and conferences, clinical training populations you. Specializes in folks with body image issues, body shame, eating problems and eating disorders, especially marginalized folks.
Where: Oakland, California
In her words: The bodies that marginalized folks navigate the world in intersect with their identities and their lineage of oppression as well as their current experiences with oppression. The body image issues, body shame, eating problems and eating disorders marginalized folks suffer from are rooted with their intersecting identities and oppression. Marginalized folks need providers of marginalized identities to hold safe spaces for their experiences to facilitate healing.
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Provider/Activist: Norman H. Kim, PhD Self-identifies as: I identify as an immigrant, person of color, cis-gendered, straight ally About his work: I have been working with people with eating disorders for over 18 years, and have been an activist (and agitator) for social justice issues, including minority and civil rights, (all) gender equality, and LGBTQ+ rights for most of my life. I was the co-founder of the Reasons Eating Disorder Center, and am currently the National Director for Program Development for Reasons Eating Disorder Center (CA) and Center for Change (UT and ID). In addition to treating and teaching about psychiatrically complex populations and diagnostic assessment, my work has focused on the intersection of psychopathology and cultural/societal issues, including the effects of discrimination, marginalization and microaggressions on mental health. I am a regular speaker, educator, and passionate advocate for eating disorder awareness, and regularly engage in lobbying efforts for legislation with a particular focus on marginalized communities. I am on the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition and the Advisory Boards of Recovery Warriors and Tikvah V’Chizuk.
Where: New York City (where I live), and California, Utah, and Idaho (where I work). In his words: Because of the existing disparity in access to and utilization of mental health services for people from marginalized communities, especially for something so pervasive and lethal in its effects, I have been very involved in calling for greater diversity among professionals treating eating disorders and providing trainings for the culturally competent treatment of eating disorders. It is absolutely crucial to understand how a history of chronic microaggressions and discrimination and the well-documented confluence of stressors associated with minority status puts people from marginalized communities at high risk for the development of disordered eating behaviors and their attendant consequences. This is as much a social justice issue as it is a clinical issue and something with which ALL of us involved in supporting those struggling with eating disorders need to be actively engaged. Find him at: Web: reasonsedc.com Email: email@example.com FB: @ReasonsEatingDisorderCenter IG: @reasonsedc
Provider/Activist: Rachel Millner, Psy.D., CEDS
Self-identifies as: Jewish, Queer, White, Cis woman with a lot of body privilege
About her work: I am a licensed psychologist, certified Body Trust(R) Provider, and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor in Yardley, PA. I identify as Jewish and queer. I work with people struggling with all forms of eating disorders and those trying to break free from diet culture. I am fat positive, HAES(R) oriented, and weight inclusive.
In her words: I think centering providers with marginalized identities is important for several reasons. One, I think it's always important to be centering those with marginalized identities particularly in a field in which the most visible providers are frequently thin white cis women and those in leadership of many eating disorder organizations are thin white cis men. I also think by centering those with marginalized identities we make treatment more available to those who need it. When the most visible people in the field are thin and white, we are sending a message to those with marginalized identities who are suffering that treatment isn't available to them. The more we can center providers with marginalized identities, the more we make treatment available and accessible to those with marginalized identities who need it.
Provider/Activist: Ivy Felicia
Self-identifies as: A fat, Black, cis-woman, domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor, living with chronic illnesses (PCOS & Hypothyroidism); Pronouns: she/her/hers
About her work: Ivy Felicia, The Body Relationship Coach™ is dedicated to helping people be at peace in their bodies. Ivy is a certified holistic wellness coach, a motivational speaker, a body image expert, a coach with over 4 years of acclaimed service, and a passionate public advocate for body acceptance and diversity. She has offered body image coaching to people of all sizes, offering body peace, and radical self-love to all who struggle to achieve it. Through her own powerful journey to body acceptance, Ivy has developed an innovative system of Body Relationship Coaching™. By using simple strategies, mindful accountability techniques, intuitive listening, and ongoing training, Ivy facilitates shifts in mindset and perspective that help people achieve positive, sustainable changes in their relationship with their body. She has also created Fat Women of Color™, a community network designed to provide sisterhood, support, and sanctuary for women of color who identify as fat. Through her expertise with body relationship and her personal journey as a fat woman of color, Ivy creates digital and live activities that center the unique needs of larger-bodied women of color. No matter what stage of life a person is in, no matter what body they have, no matter their health status, or their feelings about their image, Ivy teaches that body peace is possible, that self-love is a choice, and that body freedom is a birthright for all.
Where: Washington DC metro area and globally through digital and web services
In her words: As a Woman of Color who lives in a larger body, all of my life experiences are shaped and influenced by my marginalized identity. My experiences are part of my story and my story is an integral part of my mental, emotional, and physical well-being. By understanding the impact of marginalization for myself I know how important it is for others. We cannot claim to serve or heal a person while simultaneously ignoring their life experiences and their story. It is imperative that we honor the importance of the marginalized identity if we truly want to heal and serve.
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Provider/Activist: Dra. Lilia Graue
Self-identifies as: Latina, cis, hetero, woman living in a larger body, with mental illness, chronic pain and some degree of disability (although I appear able bodied). Privileges: highly educated, raised in middle class, access to health care, access to some disposable income through my partner (at the moment my earning ability is highly impacted by my physical health).
About her work: Credentials and/or experience: MD, LMFT. ED specialist and clinical supervisor; mindfulness, compassion and mindful eating instructor; certified therapeutic and restorative yoga teacher; death doula; bereavement counselor; and Certified Body Trust® Provider. Postgraduate training in medical family therapy and body psychotherapy. 18 years (roughly 20,000 hours) of clinical experience.
Services provided: Within Mexican territory: psychotherapy, mind-body medicine and mindfulness and compassion based programs for general public; training and supervision in EDs, HAES & mindful eating for health providers (in person & online). For people outside of Mexico, online coaching and consultation. Services provided in both Spanish and English. Populations I specialize in: people struggling with disordered eating, BED, mood disorders, trauma, grief, chronic pain & illness.
Based in: Mexico City, Mexico. I do provide virtual services (due to US legislation regarding licensing, for individuals based in the US I am only able to provide coaching/consultation, not psychotherapy or medical services).
In her words: I think it's important to center providers of marginalized identities because we can better serve a diversity of people/communities. Our lived experience provides insights into patterns of oppression that for people who do not share our identities are invisible. Our privileged position as providers (role power), at the intersection with our other identities, can provide us with opportunities to speak up and advocate for the populations we serve.
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Web: www.mindfuleatingmexico.com (en Espanol)
www.fiercelyembodied.com (in English)
Provider/Activist: Ragen Chastain
Self-identifies as: queer, fat activist
About her work: I am an ACE certified health coach, an ED survivor, and a professional speaker and writer. I speak and write about the intersections of eating disorders, Queerness, and Fatphobia for general audiences, ED survivors, and ED professionals.
Where: Los Angeles, CA
In her words: Too often eating disorder culture reflects the marginalizations that exist in our culture – centering victims and providers who are overwhelmingly white, thin, cis, het, currently able-bodied and neurotypical. This means that we are missing the suffering of marginalized people, and the wisdom of marginalized providers. By centering the voices of marginalized providers we gain wisdom and viewpoints that are otherwise inaccessible, and we create visibility for the fact that marginalized people are also victims of eating disorders. Marginalizations –can also perpetuate and exacerbate eating disorders, and so dismantling marginalizations like fatphobia, racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism and more must be at the core of work to end eating disorders, and centering the voices of marginalized providers helps to achieve those goals.
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Researcher/Activist/Provider: Erin Harrop, MSW, PhD-C Self-identifies as: genderqueer/nonbinary (she/they), queer, small fat, recovering person (ED, substance use) with many privileged identities (white, educated, currently able-bodied). About their work: I am a medical social worker, meditation practitioner, fat activist, and researcher. I also facilitate a student fat activism group at University of Washington (SWAG: Sizeism, Weightism Advocacy Group) and admin a Facebook group for rad fat folks in recovery from eating disorders (Recovery At Large). Where: Seattle, WA, USA In their words: When we repeatedly elevate the typical “mainstream” narratives of ED recovery, we can come to believe that only certain people get certain types of eating disorders. This can lead to the majority of folx with eating disorders feeling invisible, untreatable, or hopeless--and being unable to access good healthcare. My research focuses on patient experiences of eating disorders—specifically for folks in more marginalized bodies and those less represented in mainstream eating disorder recovery movements. My dissertation focuses on the stories of folks with Atypical Anorexia (and other eating disorders), and examines themes of weight stigma and discrimination in the medical system. My hope is to tell more diverse recovery stories, showing how recovery is possible across the weight spectrum, amid many intersecting identities. Find them at: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FB: @erin.harrop.3 IG: @harroperin TW: @ErinNHarrop1
Provider/Activist: Dianne Bondy
Self-identifies as: I am a black Canadian of Caribbean and African Descent. I preferred to be called Black.
About her work: I am an E-RYT 500 Yoga teacher and I have Bachelor Of Social Science. I train teachers how to empower underserved communities through yoga. I am a writer and public speaker. I mentor women in colour in creating safe and brave spaces for communities of colour to practice yoga. I teach empowerment through yoga and self-study to underserved communities. I provide accessible yoga content online through Yogasteya.com and Yoga International.com and Omstars. I am a founding member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. I work with people in nonconforming bodies to find their yoga and spiritual practices.
Where: Tecumseh Ontario Canada, but I travel the world
In her words: Since the beginning of time, mainstream dominant culture has rendered everything white, thin and cisgender. White supremacy is this insidious ever-evolving tool of oppression that is limiting non-white communities access to health care, wealth, equity and justice. White culture is always represented and overrepresented. It is the marginalized communities that suffer the most from lack of representation. It is time to some unnecessary suffering. Placing marginalized voices and communities to the forefront will be allowing those voices to be heard. You can't ignore what's in front of you for long. It's time to pull those of us who are at the margins to the centre where we all can thrive.
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Provider/Activist: Patty Schroeder, PsyD
Self-identifies as: therapist with a disability and a wheelchair-user
About her work: I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and have been involved in ED prevention and recovery for over 15 years. As a volunteer for the Healthy Within Foundation, I had the opportunity to speak to groups of young people in the community to strengthen protective factors against development of ED, such as assertiveness and body acceptance. I facilitated a free support group for persons batting ED for over 12 years, and completed my post-doctoral hours with Divya Kakaiya, Ph.D., CEDS at her outpatient ED clinic, Healthy Within. I have also completed Level II EMDR training. Specializes in eating disorders, body image, freedom from "diet drama," EMDR – trauma and PTSD, anxiety·, transitional issues, and adjusting to acquired disabilities
Where: San Diego, CA -- Sorrento/Mesa Area and Telemental health therapy for clients who reside in the state of California
In her words: Eating disorders don't discriminate, and unfortunately, there is still a perception that only young white cisgender women develop ED. The truth is, anyone can develop an ED, no matter your gender, skin color, age, sexual orientation, ability status, or weight. It's so important to increase visibility of the diversity of treatment providers to help shift this harmful misperception. My hope is that anyone out there who is struggling and feeling isolated or worried that no one will "get" them can find themselves among this group of ED treatment providers. We truly are just as diverse as the populations we treat -- you're not alone!
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Provider/Activist: Sand Chang, PhD
Self-identifies as: Chinese American, nonbinary genderfluid femme, queer, they/them/their pronouns
About their work: I am a Licensed Psychologist, trainer/educator, and psychotherapist specializing in trans health, LGBTQ+ communities, eating disorders, trauma, addictions, relationships, and cultural/identity concerns. I utilize a relational, social justice, attachment-based approach that integrates EMDR therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Where: Oakland, CA & San Francisco, CA
In their words: I believe research is me-search, and I was drawn to the intellectual/professional pursuit of eating disorders work because of my own struggles with food, body, and diet culture. As a Chinese American nonbinary person who has healed from restriction and orthorexia, I am committed to dismantling the structures that perpetuate weight bias/discrimination, racism, and transphobia/cissexism in health care and to creating safer spaces for people of all genders and sizes. I regularly provide trainings on gender and disordered eating, and I'm currently in the process of receiving my certification as a Be Nourished Body Trust provider.
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Provider/Activist: Meredith Nisbet, LMFT
Self-identifies as: fat, white, cis woman,
About her work: I work in clinical admissions for Eating Recovery Center, helping patients access eating disorder treatment in our facilities across the country.
Specialization: As a private practice therapist for several years, I previously specialized in couples therapy and working with adolescents/young adults of various identities experiencing depression, anxiety, and interpersonal conflict. I am currently pursuing my CEDS certification while working for ERC.
Where: Raleigh, NC
In her words: I think it's important to center providers with marginalized identities because visibility matters! Knowing that one doesn't have to fit the societal model of perfection/preference/worthiness to be a valuable, visible person or provider is so important for patients because it lets them see themselves mirrored within the world.
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Provider/Activist: Aaron Flores, RDN
Self-identifies as: fat cis-gendered Mexican American Jewish Male
About his work: I work primarily with eating disorders with a focus on binge eating disorder. I work with all ages, genders and gender-identities. I am a Certified Body Trust® Provider and incorporate Health at Every Size® and Intuitive Eating principles into all aspects of my work. When working with clients, I explore how weight inclusive behaviors can be incorporated into one's life to promote positive self-care habits that come from a place of self-compassion, curiosity and empathy, not from a place of shame.
Where: Calabasas, CA in person and virtually anywhere.
In his words: There are not a lot of men who are registered dietitians. There are even fewer who work with eating disorders and virtually none who identify as fat. As a marginalized voice in eating disorder treatment settings, it has been challenging at times to feel fully seen by my colleagues. It’s why I feel so thankful for the Health at Every Size® and Body Trust® community for embracing me into this work. As with many of us, there are many intersections to how I identify, and being in a setting where I’m seen for all of them is truly healing.