eating disordersbook submissions
“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in heart forever.” – Native American Proverb
We are very excited to inform you that Marcella Raimondo PhD, MPH and Gloria Lucas from Nalgona Positivity Pride are working to put together a book consisting of stories of people of color and indigenous peoples with eating disorders. We want the book to be as widely representative of people of color and indigenous peoples, we especially want to hear stories from:
Black/Afro Latinx Folks
Men of Color
People with disabilities
Transgender, Gender Nonconforming & Two-Spirit Folks
and all your intersecting identities.
Who are we?
Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH is a psychologist in Oakland, CA that specializes in Eating Disorders, Body Image, and Cultural Identity Concerns (including immigration and acculturation.) Marcella has conducted trainings at numerous multicultural and queer mental health clinics in the SF Bay Area. She also presents at international and national conferences.
Gloria Lucas is the founder of “Nalgona Positivity Pride” a xicana-brown* body positive organization that focuses on the link between historical trauma, colonialism, and eating disorders.
Eating disorders are often seen as affecting white, cisgender, affluent, able-bodied adolescent girls. Media coverage, research studies and treatment approaches for eating disorders all cater to this profile which is damaging to people of color with eating disorders on every level from self realization of one’s eating disorder to treatment access.
In order for BIPoC to not struggle alone and to
challenge this profile and thus shake up the field,
we need to hear from people of color and indigenous peoples with eating disorders. We need to hear
your story, your experience with treatment, people, cultures, and systems who did and did not
support you. We also know that sharing your story and experiences can feel unsafe. We are
committed to meeting your needs in any way
(remaining anonymous, changing names, etc.).
Please email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include
the following details in 500 to 1000 words: race,
ethnicity and other identities and
communities that are important to you, how old
were you when your eating disorder began.
Please focus on any of the following themes:
-experience with treatment including barriers as well
-people and systems who supported you or not
-how eating disorders treatment can change for
- weight stigma and eating disorders
- Recommendations for Inclusive Treatment
Share your story responsibly.
Don't focus on graphic images or descriptions of the bodies of eating disorder sufferers.
Research shows that dramatizing dangerous thinness can provoke a "race to the bottom" mentality among other sufferers, i.e., "She is/was thinner than I am and she's still alive. I
more weight." Making value judgments about bodies should also be avoided.
Refrain from stating specific numbers when speaking about weight, food intake, and weight.
Instead use statements like, “I lost a lot of weight” or “I reduced my food intake.”
“Avoid examples of specific eating disordered behaviors. Sharing detailed anecdotes of eating
disordered behavior can be instructive and/or triggering to vulnerable readers. Avoid statements like “I would eat two boxes of donuts
only to throw them up shortly after.”
Avoid “black and white” statements about food. Eating disorders thrive with “black and white”
thinking. Statements that categorize certain foods as “bad/good” or “healthy/unhealthy” can
this type of thinking among vulnerable individual
Eating disorders and their sufferers shouldn't be glamorized or, worse yet, presented as people with "astounding will-power" or "incredible self-control." NEDA
Good questions to think about while writing your story are: How can my story help and
others struggling with food and body-image? How did culture impact my eating disorder? How can my story help change current
Refrain from using the terms, "bulimics," "anorexic" instead "people with bulimia" or "I struggled with anorexia."
End your story in a positive light. What did you gain or lose from this experience? Think of your story as a way others will gain hope and seek healing.
Deadline: March 20th