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The Truth About Body Positivity and How it Fits Into Eating Disorder Recovery

The Truth About Body Positivity and How it Fits Into Eating Disorder Recovery

By Alex Raymond, RDN, LDN What is body positivity? Body positivity is a buzzword these days. People seem to be latching on to the idea of loving and appreciating their bodies. People post #bopo pics all the time. And while this may seem like a positive thing, unfortunately, much of the true meaning of “body positivity” is lost in mainstream social media. Body positivity is actually a social justice movement to give voices to those individuals in marginalized bodies. It’s rooted in the belief that ALL bodies are GOOD bodies. Including, but not limited to… fat bodies, disabled bodies, trans people, bodies of different races/ethnicities. And everyone deserves to find a place of body peace and respect for themselves. This is separate from having a “positive body image” and/or loving/liking the way your body looks. The body positive movement is so much more than aesthetics. It’s about existing in a world and being treated humanely regardless of how your body looks. Individuals who live in marginalized bodies have done so much work starting and continuing the body positive movement. And the problem is, well, privileged women. Honestly, like myself, white, cis, smaller bodied…etc. Have, most likely unintentionally, made it into something it’s not. I can understand why it happened. Who doesn’t like the idea of “body positivity”? But now, the voices of people who have started the movement are diluted, due to the other “body positive” noise that’s out there. Body Positivity vs. “Positive Body Image” I was inspired to write this blog after reading Lauren Newman’s (aka gofeedyourself_) instagram post on body positivity vs. positive body image. I...
Interview with Jessica Setnick: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Jessica Setnick: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Jessica Setnick, a Rockstar Dietitian By Alex Raymond, RD, LD with contributions from Caroline Best, Empowered Eating Intern I am so excited to feature another rockstar dietitian, Jessica Setnick. Jessica’s mission is: empowering health professionals to confidently and competently treat eating disorders. Jessica does amazing work to complete this mission! She developed the Eating Disorder Boot Camp for dietitians as well as created the Eating Disorder Clinical Pocket Guide. The RD community is so lucky to have her wealth of knowledge! Here are some questions we asked Jessica:  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 :)? Key Points From Jessica Jessica wants the world to know that everyone eats and everyone has feelings. Sometimes those things get mixed up and we should be aware and sensitive concerning that. She  wants to stress that there’s no specific type or of person who has an eating disorder. Eating disorders affect anyone. Jessica talks about ways to prevent the development of eating disorders. A huge part of this is not assigning morality to food or body sizes. Additionally, she really loves her work. Jessica loves feeling like she’s doing her part to “help repair the world”. We think this is so awesome! Jessica runs two workshops and is the author of two books on eating disorders. The resources she provides are informative and definitely something to check out....
Resources for Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Resources for Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

On The Blog: Empowered Eating Resources   By Alex Raymond, RD, LD The wealth of information available on the internet, including posts on our own blog, Empowered Eating, can be a great resource for everyone involved in eating disorder recovery.  I say everyone involved because different resources benefit different people. I’ve divided articles with important facts on eating disorder recognition and recovery into three groups: support for those in recovery, family and friends who have a loved one with an eating disorder, and for those thinking about reaching out for help for the first time. If you fall into any of these categories or just want to be more educated on eating disorders, these are some wonderful resources written by dietitians. For in Recovery All of these posts offer information on self-care, meal planning when in recovery, different treatment options, and general recovery information.   All About Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Come to Our Eating Disorders Support Group Today: Eating Disorder Support Group Maryland: Continue Along Your Recovery Journey How to Know If It’s Time to Return to Exercise: Returning to Exercise when in Recovery Recovery Cards for Mealtime Inspiration Empowered Eating Success Story: How a Dietitian Can Help With Recovery 10 Recovery Songs to Feel Empowered Today Great Books on Nutrition, Dieting, and Eating Disorders How to Feel Better in Your Body When Recovering from an Eating Disorder 7 Things You Can Do to Feel Better About Your Body Mindfulness Training Tips: How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout the Day Avoiding Relapse from an Eating Disorder “My Recovery Affirmations:” Affirmations that May Help You Recover from an Eating Disorder Telling...
Interview with Marci Evans: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Marci Evans: Eating Disorder Dietitian

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...
NEDA Walk: Baltimore 2017

NEDA Walk: Baltimore 2017

National Eating Disorder Association Walk (NEDA): Baltimore 2017 By Alex Raymond, RD, LD It’s that time of year again when the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) organizes walks across the country, which occur in the fall and spring. Whenever a NEDA Walk comes to the DMV area, the Empowered Eating team makes it a point to sign up. And we’re gearing up for the Baltimore walk on October 29th. I wrote this blog to provide our readers with information on NEDA and to also compile some resources that are worth reading. What are NEDA Walks? Did you know… Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness At least 30 million women and men develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives 50% of teen girls and 33% of teen boys use unhealthy behaviors to control their weight These stats are listed on the NEDA website. NEDA’s Mission NEDA’s mission is to support  individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. NEDA believes that full recovery is possible with early detection and intervention and by bringing awareness surrounding eating disorders. It is essential that those who are struggling with an eating disorder to not only have improved access to care, but also have support from the medical community to appropriately recognize and refer. Awareness is Key As dietitians working in the eating disorder community, part of what we do is raising awareness surrounding this illness. We have seen first hand how awareness and early intervention/treatment is key. Some other reasons we are participating...

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