There is this idea, especially among people of color, that eating disorders don't affect us and are a lean and well-off white girl's problem. Besides being false, this type of thinking is dangerous and harmful to people of color living with an eating disorder. This creates additional barriers to recovery and erases the experiences of people who do not see themselves in this stereotype. Today we're going to unbox that with Dr. Marcella Raimondo, a psychologist specializing in social justice and eating disorders.

Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH is a passionate and enthusiastic clinical trainer who speaks from her heart on social justice and eating disorders since 1995. In 1997, Marcella worked with About-Face, a non-profit organization that discusses the impact of media on body image as Director of Media Literacy until 2005. She is now a member of the About-Face Founders Council and consultant. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Association of Size Health and Diversity (ASDAH), Board of Eating Disorder Recovery Support (EDRS) as Past President. and is co-chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Academy of Eating Disorders. Marcella received her BA from UC Berkeley and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Marcella's drive to tackle eating disorders led her to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology, earning her doctorate in 2012. She did her postdoctoral fellowships in an outpatient eating disorders program and a residential adolescent eating disorder program. Marcella is currently a Registered Clinical Psychologist (PSY # 27037) at Kaiser Permanente's Eating Disorders Clinic in Oakland and runs a private practice. Marcella herself recovered from anorexia nervosa over 20 years ago. Marcella trains at Kajukenbo at Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center in Oakland.

In this episode, we'll cover:

  • How Marcella got into this work and her lived experience with an eating disorder (ED)
  • The prevalence of eating disorders in POC communities
  • How poverty and / or immigration can create unique challenges for people with eating disorders
  • How to incorporate cultural skills when working with people with erectile dysfunction
  • Useful things you can do if you suspect a loved one has ED + PLUS!


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