National Eating Disorders Association

Date: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 
6pm
Location: 
Virtual
City: 
Chicago
State: 
IL

Within the eating disorder field, marginalized populations continue to
face inequities in both access to care and inclusive care. This support
group will be facilitated by our Medical Director (Kim Dennis, MD), our
Director of Outpatient Services (Shale Marks, LCSW,CADC) and our
Director of Nutrition Therapy (Colleen Kestel, MBA, RDN, LDN). We
welcome conversations on raising awareness of implicit bias that negative
impacts patients with eating disorders. Structural racism within our field
disproportionately reduces access to full spectrum eating disorder care
for BIPOC patients. Systemic bias within the medical community also
perpetuates weight stigma, implicit thin bias (in professionals, patients,
families), stigma associated with co- occurring mental illness and
addiction (including food addiction), and the specific needs of LGBTQIA+
patients seeking eating disorder care. These are a few of the identified
areas needing change to create a medical system rooted in equitable,
accessible and expert Eating disorder care for all.

Rita Ekelman
847-409-5436