Understanding the complexity of ED and recovery for non-white people, Gloria Lucas, founder of ED awareness and body liberation organization Nalgona Positivity Pride
(NPP), focuses on long-term radical care. “It’s unfair to expect racialized people in this country to not relapse ever again. Why do eating disorders happen to begin with? For many of us, it’s a way of surviving the system,” Lucas, who refers to her time in an ED treatment center as “cruel,” tells Somos. Through public talks, educational memes, and its free Sage and Spoon support group
, NPP explores how race, colonialism, and socioeconomic oppression contribute to EDs
and negative body image and offers resources and support rooted in harm reduction. Similarly, Black and Latinx dietician-led Instagram accounts like The Nutrition Tea
and Your Latina Nutrition
are healing our communities' relationship with cultural foods. “Most of the people we see are struggling with some form of disordered eating, or have struggled with it in the past, and are ready to let go of their fears around food, unlearn food rules, and quit diet culture
,” Vasquez, the ED dietician with Equip who is also a lead dietician with Your Latina Nutrition, says. Through intuitive eating
coaching, online courses, and educational blogs, Vasquez and founder Dalina Soto help Latinxs reclaim the joy and pleasure of a diet-free life.