ftm: Family Therapy Magazine: A bimonthly magazine American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

***All the Featured Writers in October 2021 Issue are our AAEDP-BIPOC Committee Members***

Black Families and Body Image: The Need for a Holistic Approach

Issues surrounding body images among Black people must be understood within the broader historical and familial experiences in which they exist. Too often, clinicians focus on treating Black people who struggle with body image without understanding the unique experiences of Black families. — Charlece Bishop, MS

Demons Under the Dinner Table: The Impact of Diet Culture and Weight Stigma on the Black Community

Weight stigma and fatphobia contribute to the development of disordered eating patterns, eating disorders, and body dissatisfaction. Weight stigma stems from diet culture and diet culture contributes to the development of poor body image, disordered eating habits, and has been shown to take a toll on mental health.  — Alyssa Davis, MS

Cultural Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are prevalent among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), yet predominately associated with images of White, young, thin, affluent women. This myth is influenced by who gets a diagnosis, participates in clinical research, and receives care in treatment settings. — Ashley Acle, MFT

Destructive Consequences of Lack

No one consciously sets out to create an emotional life built around food and destructive eating patterns, but growing up in lack results in destructive consequences and impacts lives for generations.Sabrina C. Richardson, MMFT

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