The Marginalized Voices Project

Eating disorders affect people from all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities and sexualities. Unfortunately that diversity is rarely reflected in the way eating disorders are discussed and treated. The National Eating Disorders Association’s Marginalized Voices campaign, supported by Reasons Eating Disorder Center, is confronting the prevailing myths about who struggles with eating disorders, underscoring that everyone’s experience is equally as valid and deserving of care and recovery. 

Eating disorders treatment programs, advocates and clinicians must work together to change the treatment landscape, creating an environment in which all individuals affected by eating disorders are afforded the means, opportunities and intersectional treatment options needed for recovery. We encourage you to join us in advocating for and creating representative and effective models of treatment.

Read About It

The true face of eating disorders is diverse and varied. Hear from personally affected individuals about their eating disorder journeys—and how misconceptions about eating disorders impacted their recovery.

Amber Gonzalez – On Larks, Laundry and Love  
Benji Young – Ready to Accept  
Chani Coady – I Just Am   
Anoynmous – This Gendered Body: Living with an Eating Disorder and Finding My Voice as a Queer Nonbinary Person   
Florence C. – A Project in the Making  
Melissa M. – The Things We Say    

Chats & Hangouts

Starting a dialogue around issues of marginalization and eating disorders centers the issue, creating pathways to change. NEDA is hosting a series of Twitter Chats and Google Hangouts on the topic. Follow us on Twitter to join the conversation, and check out past chats and hangouts:

LGBTQ Communities & Eating Disorders Tweet Chat, recapped on Storify
Culturally Sensitive Treatment for Eating Disorders Professionals, archived on YouTube

Thank you to Reasons Eating Disorder Center for sponsoring the Marginalized Voices Project and starting the conversation.