panel discussion

Eating Disorders and Visibility

10:30am-11:15am EST

Target Audience: 

This panel is open to anyone with an interest in eating disorders.


The media has traditionally focused on the thin, young, white, able-bodied, cis-gender female as the group most often affected by eating disorders. However, eating disorders do not discriminate and affect people of all genders, ages, classes, abilities, sizes, races and ethnic backgrounds. Seeing only one type of eating disorder sufferer in the media can lead to others to feel that their experience isn’t valid or even real. Representation matters. Visibility matters. Anyone can be affected by disordered eating or an eating disorders and anyone can seek recovery. This diverse panel will explore these issues together.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss why eating disorder stereotypes can be harmful

  • Discuss how to shatter these stereotypes and increase representation and visibility

  • Simple, accessible strategies to raising awareness

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Tierra Hohn (B. PAPM, MPH, RYT)- Panel Moderator

Tierra is passionate about helping others. Tierra uses her lived experience with an eating disorder to advocate, create awareness, and support others who have been impacted. In 2011, Tierra started an initiative called Untouched Beauty, allowing her to create and facilitate workshops and discussions around body image, self-esteem and mental health to help eliminate stigma and empower young people. Tierra has experience in the realms of public health and policy. Tierra is also a Board Member at Body Brave and a yoga teacher specializing in Power Yoga.

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Gavriel Chichester

Gavriel is a Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a rabbinical student at The Schechter Institutes for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Gavriel has been on the journey of recovery from Bulimia Nervosa since graduating university in 2017. Using the tools of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and the vogue ballroom scene along his journey to recovery, Gavriel hopes to use his career as a yoga teacher and future rabbi to help others find the tools that unlock the deepest truths about who they are.

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Gloria Oladipo

Gloria Oladipo is a 20 year old Black woman from Chicago, IL; she is a rising junior at Cornell University (potentially) majoring in Government, Performing Arts, and English. She is a survivor of an eating disorder which she had struggled with for over five years. In the peak of her illness, Gloria had major difficulties in securing a treatment team that could understand how her eating disorder and co-morbid illnesses intersected with her race and gender. Currently, while she is pursuing recovery, she writes about her experiences and provides resources to other Black women and women of color struggling with eating disorders and mental illness generally.

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Kelsea McCready

Kelsea’s anorexia recovery journey began almost 7 years ago when she was closeted and quietly struggling with her sexual identity. Since coming out as openly gay, she has been able to gain a better understanding of her eating disorder but understands the barriers that keep other LGBTQ+ individuals from fully acknowledging their identity in their recovery journey. Professionally, Kelsea is currently an undergraduate Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour student at McMaster University where she is currently working on a thesis project on dance therapy for Parkinson’s Disease