The eating disorders community has a serious fatphobia problem and it’s harming people of all sizes. The Academy for Eating Disorders recently made that abundantly clear.
Moving to a Size Acceptance and Health at Every Size paradigm is required if we truly want to prevent eating disorders and allow for full recovery.
I recently wrote about the need to end Fatphobia in Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery for The Mighty, so I wanted to share it here. Here’s an excerpt:
“We prescribe to fat people the same things that we diagnose and treat in thin people.”
The first time I heard this statement was from Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED, a psychologist who specializes in eating disorder treatment. As someone who is both fat and has recovered from an eating disorder, it resonated immediately. Even when I was being actively treated for my eating disorder, doctors were suggesting I engage in the exact same behaviors that those treating me were trying to help me stop.
There’s a grave misconception in the medical community that weight-loss behaviors are a path to health for fat people…
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