Religious Trauma, White Supremacy, & Eating Disorders Online Panel Part 2
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Get ready because we are taking a deep dive into the intersection of Religious Trauma, White Supremacy, and Eating Disorders! In part one of this series we unpacked our own experiences with religion and how it impacted our relationship with food and our bodies. We discussed the ways that white supremacy within the context of religion contributed to binary thinking patterns such as purity versus evil or good versus bad. We also explored the injected oppression that white supremacy instilled within us to make us feel as if we had to earn morality or worthiness based on our ability to strive for perfection. Lastly we looked at the intersections of white supremacy and religion to unpack the messages that we received around the need to control our bodies and sexuality, which ultimately contributed to our personal experiences of religious trauma and combined with other doctrines aforementioned, set the foundation for eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors.
In Part 2 of this panel we will go deeper into the history of white supremacy in religion and religious practices. We will discuss the ways that religion intentionally served as a way of disconnecting us from our cultures, our indigenous land and resources and the compounding effects of how that impacted the ways that we nourished ourselves from an intergenerational lens. We will also discuss how this trauma of white supremacy caused us to become more fragmented from ourselves and forced us to align more with a colonized perspective and narrative of who we are and how we show up in our bodies. This panel will bring awareness to, and unpack the ways that this has shown up historically and in present day and will discuss barriers and ways that we can connect back to our intuitive ways of knowing and nourishment from a harm reduction and liberatory perspective. Buckle up and get ready because we are going deep with this one!
Whitney Trotter (she/her) is as a registered dietitian, nurse, and yoga teacher. She received her first bachelor's degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin and completed her master's and dietetic internship at the University of Memphis. After working as an adult HIV/AIDS dietitian, she decided to go back to school and received her second bachelor's at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has served as a member of my county's sexual assault response team (SART) and co-founded a non-profit focusing on anti-trafficking work. She has been able to combine both of her passions of anti-trafficking and trauma work with eating disorders. Prior to delving into private practice, she was the nutrition and nursing director of a residential, PHP and IOP eating disorder facility.
Alishia McCullough (she, her) is a millennial Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist and National Certified Counselor currently residing in North Carolina. She is also an independent published author of the book Blossoming. Alishia is passionate about anti-racism, racial healing, and decolonization within eating disorders. She is motivated to increase access and create spaces for black, indigenous, queer, people of color to come together and heal in ways that inspire holistic wellness and culturally inclusive informed healing. She grew up in a non-denominational Christian two-parent household. Outside of her clinical work, she is a Co-Founder of the AmplifyMelanatedVoices Movement and the Founder of The Holistic Black Healing Collective. Her work has been featured by Target, Bustle, Popsugar, and Teen Vogue.
Safiya McHale (she/her, they/them) is a Licensed Master Social Worker living in Maryland. In the past year, she has worked as a therapist in various community mental health settings. She is currently a therapist at a group private practice where she focuses on eating disorders, body image, and gender from a liberation framework. She grew up in a Christian family and became involved in church starting in high school. She is spiritual but no longer identifies as Christian, though she occasionally participates in church. Outside of clinical work, she has a passion for racial justice activism where she connects these issues into the conversation about eating disorders and body image concerns. She also provides peer support groups and consulting services for racial justice.
Gloria Lucas (she/her) Gloria is the founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride, a Xicana rooted organization dedicated in amplifying the voices and needs of BICC (Black, Indigenous, communities of color) affected by body-image & eating disorders. Gloria’s line of work has consisted of historical trauma and eating disorder, eating disorder harm reduction, and merging ancestral knowledge to eating disorder healing. Gloria grew up in a home divided by two religions and was raised Jehovah’s Witness. Currently, Gloria holds no religious affiliation but is inclined to personal ancestral practices. Her work has been featured in NPR, Teen Vogue, Huffpost, Los Angeles Times, and Bitch Magazine.
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