National Eating Disorders Association

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Moderator: Danae Mercer

Danae Mercer (@danaemercer) is a health and travel journalist and content creator. A graduate of Cambridge University, Danae has worked as editor-in-chief of Women's Health Middle East. Her writing has appeared in CNN, Sunday Times, T+L, The Guardian, among many others. Online, Danae speaks to over 2.3m women daily. Her platforms extend across Instagram, a self love podcast (Talking Out Loud), Facebook, YouTube, and more. As an eating disorder survivor herself, Danae cares passionately about helping future generations.

Kendra Austin

Kendra Austin (@kendramorous) is a Brooklyn-based multi-hyphenate creative, model, writer and diviner who integrates her personal lessons in mindfulness, self-compassion, and radical self-acceptance into everything she does. Her work started with plus-size and body positive blogging, and over the years has found its way on national broadcast commercials, ads, and billboards; but her most notable and sacred accomplishment is her relationship with her community. You can find her on IG, TikTok, and pretty much anywhere on the internet doing what she loves most—storytelling—and using her personal experiences in finding victory through victimhood to empower others to be brave, claim space, and enjoy the ride.

Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy (@diannebondyyogaofficial) is a social justice activist, author, accessible yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive approach to yoga empowers anyone to practice—regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Dianne is revolutionizing yoga by educating yoga instructors around the world on how to make their classes welcoming for all kinds of practitioners.

Chris Henrie

In recovery from anorexia since he was fifteen, Chris Henrie (@chrishenrie) has become a well-known and outspoken advocate for eating disorder awareness. Nearing an online following of half a million, Henrie strives to use his platform to provide a space where inclusivity and understanding can thrive within a community where support and empathy are most important. Henrie's work has been featured on numerous media outlets, such as Good Morning America, Teen Vogue, and Scholastic Choices Magazine, where he prioritizes his message of recovery to the world. Chris has been honored to represent both men and the LGBTQ+ community in conversations surrounding mental health where their voices aren't always heard. 

Bretton Reis

Bretton Reis ( is a theatre practitioner and writer based on the coast of New Hampshire. He has worked throughout New England on over 200 productions as a director, actor, and/or lighting designer. Recently, the premiere production of his play Stat Geek in Natick—which tells the true story of a sports talk radio enthusiast's struggle with an eating disorder—won first prize at the Powerstories Voices of Truth Festival.