Despite similar prevalence rates of eating disorders, several studies highlight that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are less likely to seek treatment for an eating disorder or receive treatment. Several prevailing sociological perspectives contribute to the multi-layered marginalization of BIPOC struggling with eating disorders. These include the pervasiveness of diet culture rooted in anti-Blackness and the historical roots of colonialism, as suggested by Dr. Sabrina Strings in her book Fearing the Black Body.

This workshop explores how current eating disorder treatment and diagnosis reinscribe white supremacy by, in part, leaving behind BIPOC. Attendees will learn how the spectrum of eating disorders/diet culture and racism in the US intersect, the impact of race-based trauma that lives in our bodies, and how fatphobia, healthism, and white body ideals impact BIPOC in the present day. Objectification, police brutality, navigating societal focus on healthism, and integrating cultural values will also be discussed. Attendees will examine critical race perspectives to thoroughly evaluate their respective practices and identify solutions ED professionals can apply to their work.

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1.5 CEUs will be provided for APA, NBCC and CDR

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