Fact: Fatphobia Perpetuates Eating Disorders And Impedes Recovery

The eating disorder community has a serious fatphobia problemThe 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…

Read the full piece here!

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3 thoughts on “Fact: Fatphobia Perpetuates Eating Disorders And Impedes Recovery

  1. I still struggle to wrap my head around the idea that anyone could think disordered eating is somehow okay if you are fat.

    I remember when Anorexia was in the news for awhile, they loved showing images of people who were (literally) skin and bones. Showing the weight gain when you help with the disorder is a magical picture.

    With someone who is fat, you don’t have that dramatic change. It’s hard to easily show the damage the disease causes.

  2. From one of the articles you linked:
    “The brain also shrinks in size (cerebral atrophy) with cognitive impairment, peripheral neuropathy, and possible seizures.”

    So, you’re literally starving yourself stupid.

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