Focus on Food Speaker Series: Eating Disorders in Higher Weight Bodies
Special Speaker Series: FOCUS ON FOOD
The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters has launched an “Integrated Bands” program, bringing together faculty whose research and/or teaching interests focuses on food. Throughout the academic year, special events and talks will be held examining how food connects to the human experience.
Amy Pershing, Founder of Bodywise, Clinical Director of the Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor
Eating Disorders in Higher Weight Bodies: Countering The Impact of Weight Stigma and Healthism on Recovery
Eating disorders come in every shape and size. While many treatment paradigms offer pathways to recovery, higher-weight clients require treatment providers to offer size-sensitive interventions and a size-inclusive milieu. Treatment providers must be fully cognizant of their own weight stigma and biases, and know how to best address these issues directly in clinical work.
This presentation will explore the specific paradigm changes required to treat higher-weight clients effectively, including challenging the medicalization and moralization of weight and health, discovering the truth about the role of weight in disease, the role of restriction/malnutrition as part of higher-weight eating disorder presentations, and the danger of traditional clinical assumptions about body size.
The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Integrated Bands Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.