Interview with Marci Evans, Dietitian and Food and Body Image Healer™
By Alex Raymond, RD, LD and contributions by Caroline Best, Student Intern
This is the first video blog of ED dietitians and we interviewed Marci Evans. Here at Empowered Eating we love to stay connected to dietitians all over the country. I thought it would be an excellent idea to interview some other dietitians in the field to learn more about eating disorders and the work they do with clients. You hear from the Empowered Eating team quite often 🙂 and sometimes it’s nice to get some other voices out there! We asked them the following questions:
- What do you want the world to know about eating disorders?
- What is the most important thing in prevention of eating disorders?
- Why do you love working in the eating disorder field?
- What is a fun fact about you :)?
Featured: Marci Evans
Marci Evans is a rockstar dietitian (and friend!) who owns a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She calls herself a Food and Body Image Healer™ which I absolutely love! I am lucky enough to say that I have actually had the opportunity to learn from her. She is a wealth of knowledge and I love the enthusiasm and perspective she shares in this video!
Recovery is Possible
My favorite quote from this interview with Marci is: “If you are suffering from an eating disorder, know that I believe in you and know that the team at Empowered Eating believes in you and when you don’t have hope to keep going or if you’re losing hope that eating disorder recovery is possible, know that we believe in it and we don’t doubt it and we’ll be with you along the way.”
Key Points from Marci
- If Marci could tell the world something about eating disorders, she would let people know how incredibly common eating disorders are.
- She discusses the potential causes of why eating disorders are so common. She looks at the medical community’s “war on obesity” and the language the medical community uses to address weight in general, obesity, and overweight patients.
- Nowadays, there is current promising research on eating disorders. Marci notes how “we have more reason to hope than ever before.” Additionally, she talks about improvement in treatment and how it’s helping those recovery.
- Marci talks about the role parents play with eating disorders. Parents are an important support system, but they can also help prevent eating disorders. She notes that the language parents use talking about weight can dramatically impact their child.
- As parents heal their own relationship to food and learn to tune out the negative body messages we often receive in society, they become incredible body positivity role models for their children. She stresses parents should emphasize characteristics like “kindness” or “honesty” instead of “looking fit” or being a certain size.
- In her work, Marci trains parents to notice overly “weight-centric” talk at the pediatrician’s office. This involves speaking with a doctor about their language concerning size and health. She reminds parents they “have a voice in how they want their child’s care to be”.
- Marci talks about her love for her patients, and how much she enjoys their compassion, sensitivity, and sense of humor.
- Marci talks about how she loves watching her patients “transform” as they heal from their eating disorder, and become more of themselves. She loves “watching people reclaim their relationship with food and reclaim their lives.”
- Fun Fact! Marci has recently learned how to embroider!