Webinar: Affirming Eating Disorder Care for Transgender Communities
Eating disorders and disordered eating disproportionately affect the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. A 2021 Canadian study found that trans and gender non-conforming people reported the most severe eating-disorder psychopathology amongst those surveyed, and are up to 2.5x more likely to report having an eating disorder compared to straight, cis men. In spite of this, trans and gender non-conforming people are underrepresented in research on eating disorders. As a result, conventional eating-disorder care often doesn’t take into account the unique influence of gender norms and body image ideals on disordered eating in this population.
This three-hour training will give dietitians a solid foundation to provide affirming care to their transgender clients and others in the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Topics discussed will include:
- Sex and gender basics, including key definitions and how providers can create a safer space for 2SLGBTQIA+ people
- The cisnormative structure of care, and how these can be a barrier to trans and gender non-conforming folks seeking affirming healthcare
- Relearning affirming approaches, including distinguishing between body dysmorphia and gender dysphoria, navigating BMI limits for gender-affirming surgeries, and how hormone therapy affects nutrition care
All registrants will receive access to the webinar recording, transcript, and resources after the training.
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Cody Esterle (he/him)
Through his work as the founder of Safely Connected and the Eating Disorder Centre of the SSMU, and a member of the FEDUP Collective, Cody has worked with, researched, and managed eating disorder content creation and facilitation centering the experiences of BIPOC, trans, intersex, fat, and disabled communities.
His personal experience with harm reduction and as a white, french, trans, disabled man build his lens on needs, barriers and issues in the eating disorder and medical healthcare systems.
Vc Renaud (he/they)
Vc (he/they) is a queer and trans facilitator at Safely Connected, the Eating Disorder Centre. In his work, he strives to create a better environment for the transgender community. Using lived experience at the forefront and an academic background in psychology, he aspires to be a mental health counselor and art therapist. He also works as a crisis intervention worker at a homeless shelter, often working with and helping people in crisis. He looks forward to creating more trans positive and affirming spaces in the clinical world through his work.