Applying an Intersectional Framework to Eating Disorders: Unpacking Racial Trauma in the BIPOC Community
From film to media to treatment center brochures, eating disorders have been framed as a “white women’s” illness. Eating disorders impact people of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities and ages. The BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community has been greatly impacted by medical professionals, mental health professionals, and researchers overlooking how racial trauma can lead to eating disorders. Researchers and clinicians taking an intersectional approach to eating disorder diagnosis and treatment would help center BIPOC voices.
Javon Garcia, LSW has started a BIPOC therapy group at Howard Brown Health Center to process racism, racial trauma, identity development, microaggressions, and racial violence. The group is focused on providing a safe healing space for BIPOC folks to cope with depression, anxiety, and stress that’s tied to one’s culture, identity, intergenerational trauma, and experiences of racism/discrimination.
- Attendees will gain an understanding of how racial trauma and racial stress can be risk factors for eating disorders in the BIPOC Community.
- Attendees will have a better understanding of how racial bias and a lack of multicultural research have left BIPOC communities overlooked when it comes to diagnosing and treating eating disorders.
- Attendees will learn/enhance skills in providing eating disorder treatment that is culturally sensitive and inclusive to BIPOC communities.