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. My hope is to bring that same feeling into my work each and every day. I work hard to make sure my clients have a safe space to explore how their identities impact their how they view their body and how it affects their food choices.
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Provider/Activist: Brenda Stephens, RDN, PhD
Self-identifies as: very fat, white, cis, single woman who will be 64 years old this June. I have Type 2 diabetes, PCOS, and osteoarthritis which led to bilateral knee replacements and may eventually require a shoulder replacement.
About her work: I am an RDN with a PhD in nutrition. I am also a Certified Body Trust Provider. I have been practicing as an RD since 1981, and my experience includes teaching nutrition for 10 years at the college level, as well as working in long term care, public health, and briefly in acute care. I currently have a “virtual” private practice in which I specialize in serving heavier folks who have a history of weight struggles and internalized body shame. I help clients make peace with food and their bodies using the principles of Body Trust, HAES, Intuitive Eating, and Competent Eating. I welcome clients with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and PCOS, but I also welcome clients who do not have any of these diagnoses. I provide these services only in the form of one-on-one counseling, at the present time
Where: Marietta, GA but only serve clients virtually at this time
In her words: I think it’s important to center providers with marginalized identities because potential clients need to know that there ARE providers who are like them in body size, age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, level of physical ability, and so on. Such providers can speak with clients from a perspective of having personally experienced the type of marginalization that the client has experienced. Those of us who are not front and center in podcasts, etc. and who are actually living in bigger fat bodies really appreciate the opportunity to be seen by potential clients as well as by fellow providers.
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Provider/Activist: Summer Brown LMFT
Self-identifies as: Queer, Fat, Black, Cis, and Femme
About her work: I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Vancouver Washington. I identify as a Fat, Queer, Black Woman. I provide therapy and supervision with an Intersectional-Feminist perspective. Additionally I am Sex and Body Positive nd support healthy relationships in all their forms. Non-Monogamous and All Relationship styles are welcome.I provide individual, family, and couples therapy to kids, teens and adults who identify as LGBTQIA+, Gender Diverse, all body types and sizes, especially bigger bodies or folx who identify as a Person of Color (POC).I’m trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral, Solution Focused Therapy as well as EMDR. I tend to utilize tools from a variety of modalities to support you in making improvements in your life. Therapy can be difficult at times, but when it comes to making life changes they’re never easy. Together we’ll develop goals and work towards them. I never presume to know what you’re going through, but I will pledge to help you see a new perspective.
Where: Vancouver, WA
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Provider/Activist: Kristy Fassio
Self-identifies as: Fat, white, cis-gender, queer, pronouns: she/her
About her work: I am a Certified Body Trust Provider, personal trainer, fat activist, and counseling student. I love working with people to turn them into warriors. I especially love working with fat women/femmes, helping them find a voice that has been taken from them by a society that wants to keep them small and quiet.
Where: In her words: It is so important to center marginalized voices because eating disorders do not discriminate, but the treatment certainly does. When treatment providers fail to notice the complexities of how EDs intersect with identities and life situations, they fail to treat the people who need them the most. As an industry, we need to take a hard look at how we are showing up for people, and how weight stigma and bias are keeping us from treating those in our communities. If we cannot center, hear and raise the voices of marginalized people, we cannot help them heal.
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Provider/Activist: The Rev. Dr. E-k Daufin
About her work: an intersectionality, HAES, weight, race, gender, & class -- consultant, speaker, educator, performance and fine artist. As a feminist minister, Political Healer and ceremonial leader, energy balance facilitator, she seeks to move energy in herself and the audience to promote self-healing, social justice action and the global Ascension Process.
Where: remotely on the web
In her words: Everything is energy. Often we see our souls as living in our bodies yet our bodies actually live in the energy system of our souls.
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Provider/Activist: Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S
Self-identifies as: Hugely privileged. White, cis gendered, heterosexual, educated, young AND disabled with thin privilege. Cane & Wheelchair user.
About her work: I am a certified eating disorder registered dietitian and supervisor, intuitive eating specialist, fierce HAES ally and advocate, and believer in all things body respect. I am the national director of nutrition services for Monte Nido, and run a private practice dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders.
Where: Concord, Massachusetts
In her words: I believe that it is important for providers with marginalized identities to be a part of the treatment scene for the sake of demonstrating the acceptability of difference. For celebrating difference. For serving as teachers to those who do not have our lived experiences, and students from those who we do not directly identify with or as. Our visibility is critical for the sake of the clinical work that we do, and for the sake of being part of a learning community. Acknowledging, Making space for, and discussing my disabled identity has allowed me to connect with clients in ways that I never envisioned. I am a proud disabled professional, and I am grateful to bring all of my parts to the work that I do.
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Provider/Activist: Lexie Manion
Self-identifies as: fat, with much privilege otherwise
About her work: I’m a mental health advocate and body positive advocate who partakes in activism primarily via social media. I hope to become an art therapist and public speaker one day. As a fat woman in recovery from an eating disorder, I sometimes feel like I have to prove the validity of my story. Many people don’t believe I have valid points just because I am fat. It’s often assumed that I “traded in one eating disorder for another” It should not be assumed that losing weight is a valid struggle but gaining weight isn’t. Eating disorders are not choices, but recovery is.
In her words: Not every client will request to have a therapist they can directly relate to, but I think it’s vital regardless to uplift and celebrate professionals and activists in marginalized bodies. Representation matters — in the sense that fat people deserve to be taken seriously in eating disorder recovery, in the sense that anyone can feel confident in pursuing a career in the mental health field, despite their marginalization, and in the sense that clients can find service providers with therapists they can feel comfortable talking and relating to, whether it be someone of the same race, age, disability, sexual identity, etc.
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Provider/Activist: Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED
Self-identifies as: older fat white lesbian with a variable experience of disability.
About her work: I am a psychologist and a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (FAED) as well as an activist and one of the co-founders of the Health at Every Size model as well as the Body Positive movement (www.BodyPositive.com). I have been working on changing weight stigma in the dominant US culture since 1983, when I began teaching a dance class for fat women in Oakland, California. I love doing Body Positive groups, supporting online communities, and generally creating ways for people doing this personal and activism work to find and support each other. I provide individual and group psychotherapy, in person and remote (for California residents). Consultation for healthcare providers, in person and remote.
Works with: I work with people 18 and up of all genders and sexualities across the weight spectrum with eating disorders, body image, stigma, relationships, health, aging, movement and mobility, and whatever relates to those struggles. Much of my work has been also with other healthcare providers of all sorts, helping them to shift to a more socially just and weight inclusive service that actually helps people from stigmatized groups. My office is wheelchair accessible with accessible parking and single-person lockable bathrooms adjacent. I have been working on the landlord to label them all-gender.
Where: I have a private practice in Cupertino, California and I also do remote video/audio sessions with people based in California.
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Provider/Activist: Laila Shanaa
Self-identifies as: Palestinian Muslim
About her work: Completing her master’s and dietetic internship with goal of being an Eating Disorder, HAES-oriented RD.
Where: Based in Boston but currently in school in Illinois.
In her words: I think it’s especially important for marginalized providers to be highlighted because it gives all marginalized people permission to seek help. For a long time, I had an ED that I was unaware of because I internalized the typical picture of what an ED looks like, which didn’t look anything like me. Even through my dietetics education, I didn’t feel connected to the ED community or ever considered it to be a professional path. It’s these pervasive thoughts of “I don’t look like that, I’m not really sick” and “I don’t look like that, people that look like me don’t have those issues” that keep EDs raging like they are now. In addition, being part of a family that came to this country as refugees reinforced the “you don’t have it as bad” mentality. I come from a family and culture that is incredibly resilient and strong, because they had to be. If I had a provider that sent me the message that it is okay to ask for help regardless of these things, that they understand because they come from the same thing, it may have resolved my ED much sooner. It’s especially damaging to white-wash and thin-wash EDs because the people most susceptible to them are marginalized to begin with.
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Provider/Activist: SJ Thompson
Self-identifies as: While I am borderline superfat, female, and queer, I recognize that being a working-class, white, and cis gender woman has afforded me many privileges.
About her work: Certified Body Trust® Provider, Peer Wellness Specialist Candidate, BS in health sciences, 2+ years training in acupuncture, Chinese herbalism, qigong, and East Asian bodywork. 10 years experience in residential care for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. 4+ years training as a photojournalist.
Works with: LGBTQQI2S+, larger bodied folx, people of color, sex, kink, and sex worker positive, non-monogamous, and disabled people are welcomed and celebrated! Areas of specialty: eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, living with a non-dominant systemic identity
Where: Portland, Oregon, with virtual appointments available.
In her words: It's imperative that we center providers with non-dominant systemic identities, because otherwise we are leaving people behind, and silencing them. People with non-dominant systemic identities have been left out for far too long, and this has had a trickle down effect to the people that we are able to reach. Representation matters so much. We deserve to see people like us in eating disorder recovery. We will be entirely more effective as a field when we are able to be accountable for our privilege as white people. We must learn how to unravel the insidiousness of the cisheteropatriarchy and white supremacy within therapeutic settings and how this violence deeply affects our bodies, because healing is not separate from racial and social justice.
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Provider/Activist: Tamara Pincus, LICSW CST
Self-identifies as: queer fat bi poly
About her work: I am a certified psychotherapist and sex therapist. I specialize in working with kinky, poly and LGBTQ populations. I really enjoy working with people of all sizes to embrace their bodies and their sexuality. I have often found that men, people of size and people of color feel left out of the body positivity movement.
Where: Washington, DC
In her words: If the only people we see in the body positivity movement are thin white cis straight women then the rest of us will feel left out. We will feel like its ok for some people to accept their bodies but it is not ok for us. For this movement to really work we have to empower all people, not just a small subset.
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Provider/Activist: Rosie Molinary
Self-identifies as: cis-gendered Puerto Rican
About her work: As a radical self-acceptance champion, Rosie Molinary uses wholehearted connection, profound questions, and thought-provoking tools to empower people to treat themselves well so they can connect with their talents and passions to authentically and intentionally live their purpose and help heal the world. The author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance (Seal Press) and Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina (Seal Press), Rosie teaches a course on Body Image in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, offers workshops and retreats, and speaks on self-acceptance, body image, self-care, media literacy, the Latina experience, and intentional living around the country.
Where: Davidson, North Carolina
In her words: My fundamental belief is that every single one of us is here on purpose. This world is full of needs. And we are, each one of us, the living embodiment of a unique solution this world needs. We each have a purpose that is uniquely ours. We each have a solution- or multiple solutions- we are meant to manifest. And our lives are meant to be the realizing, creation of, and expression of those solutions. Yet, if we are marginalized or “othered” in some way, the way our world currently operates is to disempower us, to deny us, in some way, the ability to fully access and act on our purpose. One of the ways that is most commonly done is to try to force those who do not meet societal beauty, bodily, and behavioral expectations to pursue them. We become oppressed by the body obsessions we are manipulated to have. But, if we are consumed by our bodies in some way—from our size to our sexuality, then we are taking valuable time away from the work we are meant to be doing and the gifts we are meant to be giving to this world, from our purpose. If we are in the mirror, assessing, obsessing, critiquing, despairing, we are not doing the work we are meant to be doing in this broken and aching world that has been waiting for us to step fully into ourselves and our power so we can address the need we are meant to address and bring about the healing we have been called to offer. By centering those who have journeyed, in some way, through these messages and spaces, we create access, understanding, and way. To paraphrase June Jordan’s Poem for South African Women, we are, each one of us, the ones the world has been waiting for. Our realization of this truth and our ability to embrace it changes everything. We can’t afford for that not to happen.
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Provider/Activist: Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS
Self-identifies as: Cis-gender, Jewish, heterosexual white male of privilege. Fat, Loud and Proud
About his work: I am psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and advocate for males with eating disorders. It's my life's work to help those living in larger bodies feel worthy of love and appreciation, as that is something I was denied and led to my decades long struggle with an eating disorder. I started The Body Image Therapy Center in Baltimore in 2008 to help those like me who struggle with the negative impact of poor body image and self-esteem, which is now in four cities with multiple levels of care. I wrote the book Man Up to Eating Disorders: A memoir and self-help book for men and boys struggling with body image, self-esteem, fat shaming, and eating disorders. I was a founding board member for the Binge Eating Disorder Association, and now serve as President of The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED).
Where: Baltimore, MD; Columbia, MD; Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA
In his words: My eating disorder was allowed to last for 20 years because nobody thought males developed eating disorders. Now my greatest hope is to raise awareness not only of eating disorders in those with larger bodies like myself, but for males across the eating disorder spectrum. Only 1 in 10 cases of those seeking help are male, but we make up at least 1 in 3 cases of those with the disorder and maybe even higher if we look at the diagnosis of muscle dysmorphia. I want to take the stigma out of the diagnosis and treatment for males. It's my life's work.
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Provider/Activist: Meredith Noble
Self-identifies as: Fat, with chronic illness/chronic pain, but with a great deal of privilege due to being a cis, white, middle-class woman on the smaller end of ‘fat’.
About her work: I’m Certified Body Trust® Provider and certified life coach. I offer food & body peace coaching for those who have struggled with chronic dieting, feeling out of control around food, and/or feeling ashamed of their fat bodies. I use concepts from Body Trust®, intuitive eating and Health At Every Size® to help people thrive in their fat bodies. Specializes in Plus-sized and fat-identifying people.
Where: Portland, OR (and I also see clients from around the world via videoconference)
In her words: Working on healing our relationship to food and our body is inherently very vulnerable work. When we’ve experienced oppression as a result of our identity, being able to find a practitioner with whom we have lived experiences in common can sometimes increase our sense of comfort and safety. Centering providers with marginalized identities also ensures that professional communities benefit from the unique strengths, ideas, and knowledge that marginalized people possess.
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Provider/Activist: Jenny Jackson
Self-identifies as: I identify as queer. I have a chronic pain condition, and identify as a “spoonie” in the day to day, but more formally I identify as disabled.
About her work: I am a registered dietitian, and I provide services to anyone looking to improve their relationship with food and their body, including improving the feeding relationship between parents and their children. I work with baby led weaning, division of responsibilities in feeding, intuitive eating, health at every size, and spoon theory for disabilities.
Where: Vancouver Island, BC, Cananda in person and virtual services for every province and territory in Canada except Alberta and PEI.
In her words: I think it is important to centre providers of marginalized identities because that will lead to well cared for, welcomed, healthier clients. When you are seeking help there shouldn’t be an extra burden of educating your provider on your lived experience, values, and the language you use to describe yourself.
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Provider/Activist: Thaimi Fina, LMHC
Self-identifies as: Latina (Cuban born) woman and an immigrant
About her work: I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who provides individual, group, family, and couples therapy to adolescents and adults in both English and Spanish. I specialize in treating eating disorders, mood disorders, and PTSD. In fact, I am one of the only providers in Miami who is certified in providing Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. I specialize in working with multicultural clients and college students, however, I have experience working with a wide range of populations.
Where: Coral Gables, FL in person and virtual session to anyone in Florida
In her words: I think it's critical for clients of marginalized identities to know and see that there are trained providers available who look like them, experience the world in similar ways, and might have a more nuanced understanding of their struggles.
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Provider/Activist: Kaye Lathe, MLIS, RYT 500, C-IAYT in process
Self-identifies as: Fat
About her work: I am a fat yoga teacher certified at the 200 and 500 hour levels, and a Yoga Therapist (completed certification for Yoga Therapy pending, due to be complete December of this year). I am also Yoga for All certified, and SOAR certified (teaching to folks in a 12 step recovery program). Incidentally, I am also a librarian, and research constantly to enrich my work. I mostly work with people who are adults, seniors, and/or have health concerns such as osteoporosis, arthritis, spinal concerns, cancer, anxiety, depression, require modifications due to body type or have sustained injury that is pervasive in nature. I teach group classes, and also do private and semi-private classes, and I meet with individuals to develop a therapeutic practice that addresses their needs, from a holistic standpoint.
Where: San Jose, CA
In her words: Representation matters in yoga, just like it does everywhere else. When a larger bodied student comes into my class, they know that they are welcome. When a student comes in to my class, I let them know right away that they don't need to suffer through anything that doesn't work for their bodies, and that I view making the pose accessible as an enjoyable challenge. This is where my librarian brain meets my yoga brain. Because I don't fit the stereotype of what a yoga teacher generally looks like in this country, people who feel that they fit outside the mold may feel more safe and accepted from the very start.
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Provider/Activist: DeAun Nelson, ND
Self-identifies as: fat, queer, cisgender
About her work: I am a Naturopathic Doctor practicing weight independent medicine. On the side, I am working toward educating medical providers about weight independent care and shift the size bias in health care. I am also co-founder and host of the Do No Harm Podcast, which is currently my main focus for provider education.
Where: Watershed Wellness in Portland, OR, potentially I will do HAES centered naturopathic medicine virtually in the future.
In her words: As someone who has been fat her whole life, I have experienced fat bias from medical professionals since I was a kid and was told I wouldn’t have pneumonia if I was not fat. I have been privileged to be able to attend medical school, become a doctor and, unfortunately, witness that bias from the other side. Disparities in health are so entangled with bias and discrimination, not just around weight and it is our duty as compassionate people to change that. While I may be one person, I can do what I can, along with a lot of other people, to reduce stigma and bias in medicine and in society at large. My focus is on weight stigma, though I also do my best to address other stigmatized groups. Do No Harm Podcast is the beginning of my effort to educate other providers and, selfishly, create a network for myself and my patients!
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Provider/Activist: Sam Tryon, MS, RD, LD
Self-identifies as: Queer (she/her/hers)
About her work: Registered Dietitian (RD) in private practice. I work exclusively with clients with eating disorders, disordered eating and body image concerns. Mine is a fully non-diet approach seeking to eliminate food judgments/ rules and honoring body diversity. While I work with clients of all genders, I have built my practice around being a resource for transgender/ non-binary folks and the queer community in general. I also specialize in working with clients in higher weight bodies who are so often stigmatized by the medical community in addition to society in general. In June I’ll be starting a body image group for trans/ non-binary folks.
Where: in-person in Silver Spring, MD or virtually within DC, Maryland and Virginia.
In her words: Why I think it is important to center providers of marginalized identities: I think it is important to be able to support one another and collaborate. For me, it has been really important to find other queer providers to help increase our visibility and the impact we can have for the community. I have found SO much support in this community of queer providers. I think the same for finding community of body positive/ fat positive providers as we are often swimming against the tide against society’s and the medical community’s weight stigma.
I love this as a resource for clients to find providers who may better relate to their own history/ struggles. Many individuals of marginalized identities have experienced bias, discrimination, and disrespect by providers which presents a major barrier to people getting the help they need and deserve. Knowing that a provider is open and affirming can go a long way to helping clients feel comfortable reaching out.
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Provider/Activist: Sophia Cruz-Pérez
Self-identifies as: Fat Queer Xicana Femme
About her work: I received my Bachelors Degree in Ethnic Studies, with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Mills College. In addition to working in domestic violence, I teach Cultural Competency in Midwifery at The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery (I am a doula), and I am pursuing my Masters of Social Work at Florida State University. In both my personal and professional life, I integrate honest conversations around bias, both implicit and explicit, with the understanding that life is an educational environment where we stumble toward understanding and liberation. My interests and areas of knowledge are: Anti-fat bias, racial bias, homophobia, health advocacy for marginalized bodies, birth trauma and justice, cultural humility, and fat liberation, most of which are based on my own lived experiences. I offer consultations, resource guides, workshops/presentations, and mediation of challenging and difficult conversations.
Where: Gainesville, Florida
In her words: It is critical that the voices and lived experiences of marginalized people doing anti-oppression work be centralized and acknowledged as I believe any other way reinforces privilege and power in dangerous ways. We are the experts of our own lives.
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Provider/Activist: Ellyn Silverman-Linnetz, RDN, PA-C, CEDRD
Self-identifies as: Cuban American, Jewish, 57 years young, living with chronic pain
About her work: I work with HIV/AIDS clients providing HIV medical nutrition therapy and Eating Disorder therapy. I sat on President Clinton's Task for Women on HIV issues in Washington, DC. I am the co-author of HRSA's Nutrition Guidelines in HIV Care. I currently specialize in Eating Disorders for all genders, colors and sexual orientation. I work within an Intuitive Eating and HAES philosophy and identify as a non-diet RD. I am also a Cannabis Nutrition Specialist working with the Cannabis industry to provide quality nutrition education to clients needing medical cannabis therapy (oncology, anorexic issues, pain management,etc)
Where: Seal beach, CA
In her words: My message is that we are out there and are helping others to deal with their own struggles. We may not have 2K followers or a Yelp account...and get our clients through word of mouth...but we are in the trenches. To keep up with the recognition you have to have a lot of energy and I applaud all those that are on that list. I have learned from many of them. However, the struggle in the areas that need it are not being heard. Especially in Eating Disorders. Not many women of color have the insurance to get into treatment. Many clinicians do not know how to talk to a transgendered person with Anorexia Nervosa. Many people have swept HIV/AIDS under the rug as if it has gone away. So I am here in my own practice trying to make a difference and I applaud all of us.
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Provider/Activist: Rosemary Moulton, MSW, LICSW
Self-identifies as: Queer, fat, femme.
About her work: I'm a psychotherapist and provide therapy to both individuals and couples. I specialize in working with people who are gender non-conforming, trans, queer, poly, kinky, ethically nonmonogamous, disabled (either visibly or invisibly), larger-bodied, depressed, and/or anxious. I identify as a feminist and aim for intersectionality. Systems of oppression affect mental health--there is no question in my mind. I affirm people's identities and experiences and collaborate towards better understanding and change. I do this by offering trauma-informed talk therapy and EMDR.
Where: Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA,
In her words: I'm queer, I'm fat, and I'm femme. Does this matter? Maybe not to everyone, but for those of us who have ever felt unseen, invisible, stigmatized, and even abused because of identity, lifestyle, or presentation...representation matters.
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Provider/Activist: Christine Tellez, MS, RD/LD
Self-identifies as: Latina/Cuban-Nicaraguan
About her work: I am a registered dietitian that provides nutritional counseling for people with eating disorders, disordered eating or a long history of dieting. I also provide medical nutrition therapy from a non diet perspective. I speak both English and Spanish, and offer reduced fees on a case by case basis.
Where: Miami, Fl and virtually
In her words: I believe that it is important to make space for underrepresented providers because our healthcare systems and evidenced based treatment guidelines, center around the dominant white, patriarchal, straight and thin culture and we are excluding whole groups of people. Too often, people of color, poor people, fat people, queer and transgender people, and folks with disabilities do not have access to quality healthcare and their providers often do not look like them or understand their experience. We need providers that are representative of our changing population here in the US and fight for social justice in the healthcare system. This means providing more opportunities for marginalized people to be able to be in leadership positions within the eating disorder world, as well as encouraging mentorship for newly practicing clinicians.
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Provider/Activist: Kathleen Bishop, LCSW
Self-identifies as: fat, senior, cis, hetero
About her work: Specializing in Eating and Substance Use Disorders as well as negative body image and yoyo dieting. Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
Where: San Jose, CA
In her words: As a Social Worker, I am concerned about the lack of diversity I see in the treatment of eating disorders. It's not that there is not diversity, it's that professionals and activists who are in marginalized categories are not included in the conversation. They are not seen. That needs to change.
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Provider/Activist: Casey Chon
Self-identifies as: Korean-American female
About her work: I utilize social media to advocate about disordered eating and eating disorders, especially pertaining to issues of racial diversity. I’ve spoken live on Mental Health on The Mighty’s Facebook page, and as a Twitter panelist for NEDA, among other experiences - like working with Project HEAL and The Garment Project.
In her words: Most people in recovery want to give back in some way but just because a nonprofit is doing a good thing, does not mean your work will be valued. As a person of color, we deserve more, and I would love to connect on issues of race in the eating disorder recovery world, and/or talk to you about my start in social media activism, and help you get yours.
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Provider/Activist: Sarah Harry
Self-identifies as: Fat, (acknowledging I have a lot of other privilege)
About her work: I am a registered and insured Group and individual Psychotherapist and Yoga teacher. I was the first yogi in Australia to offer yoga for bigger bodies. I have practiced yoga for more than 20 years and has been running specialist classes and retreats for the last few years all over Australia. I have more than 15 years’ experience counselling individuals and groups with all kinds of eating and body image issues, have worked in the public and private sectors, lecture at universities and have just published my first book "Fat Yoga - Yoga for All Bodies"
In her words: I feel like it's important to be visible as a fat therapist so those who choose to, can seek out treatment from someone who also endures the stigma and microaggression a fat body experiences every day.
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Provider/Activist: Amy Pence-Brown
Self-identifies as: fat feminist activist, mother, writer, and artist
About her work: Amy is a fat feminist mother whose work addresses positive body image, motherhood, parenting, feminism, and aging. She believes in opening her mouth and her heart. From both of these places she tells stories – as a writer on her blog and other local & national publications, as a historian giving tours for Preservation Idaho, and as a visual artist creating subversive stitchings and performance pieces. She’s been a body image activist for the past nine years and recently became internationally known for her radical stand for self-love at the Capital City Public Market on August 29, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, which was documented in a blog post, photographs and a video viewed over 200 million times. Her message about the value of all bodies, no matter their size, has been covered by numerous media outlets, including CNN, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, People, TODAY, Huffington Post, Upworthy, HLN, the Dr. Oz show, SHAPE, xo Jane, and Fitness magazine. She continues to lead the body positive revolution through public speaking and education, including on the TEDx stage, to students young and old, and the Boise Rad Fat Collective, a radical Facebook group with 2,000 people of all ages, sizes, colors, genders and nationalities. She also leads RADCAMP: A Body Positive Boot Camp for Feminists and Feminist Teens and was named one of the 50 Idaho Women of the Year by the Idaho Business Review in 2017.
Where: Boise, Idaho
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Provider/Activist: Lindsey Averill
Self-identifies as: I identify as a fat female.
About her work: I am the co-creator of Fattitude. Fattitude is a feature length, full-color, documentary film that examines how popular culture perpetuates the fat hatred and fat-shaming that results in a very real cultural bias and a civil rights issue for people who are living in fat bodies.
Where: Palm Beach, FL
In her words: It's important to center providers of marginalized identities because these are the people who truly understand what it means to go without acknowledgment and/or treatment. The blinders of privilege often make the marginalized invisible - so centering their stories and their treatment not only provides much needed access to care but also pushes others to examine the way they have structured their perspectives and modes of care. Centering providers of marginalized identities makes us all better at our work - and quite honestly it makes us better. Period.
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Provider/Activist: Jill Lewis, MA, LCSW, CEDS, CGP
Self-identifies as: Jewish, larger bodied, white cis gender woman, with white privilege
About her work: I am a clinical social worker, certified eating disorder specialist, certified supervisor and certified group psychotherapist. I have group practices in Atlanta and NYC and run interpersonal process groups for those struggling with eating disorders.
Where: Atlanta, Ga and New York City
In her words: I have lived in a larger body all of my life, in a society, especially Jewish culture that wanted me to be thin. I feel passionate about the body positive movement and that we come in all shapes and sizes. I feel it is my duty as a clinician to help those in all bodies to not feel broken, and as though they continue to fail day after day trying to live up to the societal norms they feel they must uphold. I work towards ensuring safety and trust in the context of one's body shape, race, size, sexual orientation or any other place where one feels marginalized.
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Provider/Activist: Anais Torres
Self-identify: I identify as a hetero Hispanic female, who has been protected by thin privilege as well as felt the backlash of thin privilege. I have developed a deep self-awareness of all of my privileges and am comfortable discussing them.
About my work: I am a psychotherapist, who began my journey as a therapist a little over ten years ago. My comprehensive training encompasses all levels of care within psychiatric and medical facilities and I more recently specialize in eating disorders. I have also worked extensively alongside clients struggling with suicidality and look towards transparency and self-awareness. I provide individual, family, couples and group psychotherapy in English and Spanish. I have been blessed and fortunate to work with clients from all backgrounds and walks of life. I am trained in Intuitive & Mindful Eating, set-point theory, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and suicide risk assessment. I consider myself a HAES therapist, who too has struggled with body image secondary to societal pressures. My theoretical framework is heavily influenced by psychodynamic theory and more specifically, Control Mastery Theory.
Where: Miami, FL
In her words: Despite my different layers of privilege, I have also faced marginalization since early childhood. I truly feel it is important for our clients to see our marginalization as well as for us be open about the topic. Our clients have faced many marginalized obstacles throughout their lives and it is essential for them to witness our own self-awareness as well as be able to model and demonstrate adaptive coping skills. I consider myself resilient and authentic and inspire my clients to strive for the same. “When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending” – Brene Brown.
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Below are a list of providers/activists of marginalized identities whose information we are awaiting or still seeking. As we receive their information, we will add them above.
Ifasina TaMeicka L. Clear
Cherrelle Antoinette Davis
Stephanie Covington Armstrong
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