FoodCorps is celebrating the launch of our newest resource: a children’s book titled “How to Be Friends With a Carrot,” written by members of our Service Member Action Committee.
This book is meant to teach kids about diversity and body positivity in a fun way that celebrates food, identity, and culture. We hope it will be a useful tool in guiding conversations with young kids about what it means to accept and care for all kinds of bodies.
But the conversation about body acceptance doesn’t end there. Engaging with food justice work can stir up all kinds of feelings about our bodies, our health, and the foods we eat. It’s important for folks engaged in this work to care for ourselves as deeply as we care for those in our communities. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
If you need support around body image, eating disorders, or mental health, here are some resources you can turn to.
The National Eating Disorders Association, or NEDA, is “the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.” Its website offers information about eating disorders and tools for finding support, including a helpline you can contact in a variety of ways.
CALL THE HELPLINE: (800) 931-2237, Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm ET, Friday 11am-5pm ET
TEXT THE HELPLINE: (800) 931-2237, Monday-Thursday 3pm-6pm ET, Friday 1pm-5pm ET
CHAT ONLINE: Chat live with NEDA, Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm ET, Friday 9am-5pm ET
NAMI provides resources and support on mental illness broadly, including research and information on a variety of specific topics and a resource directory for many illnesses and conditions.
Author, activist, and friend of FoodCorps Virgie Tovar hosts a podcast about ending diet culture and weight-based discrimination. Recent topics have included cooking demos, the link between food shame and immigration, and queer foods. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
Body Positive University is Virgie Tovar’s newsletter on unpacking and unlearning diet culture. It’s free to subscribe, though premium content is available for a monthly fee.
The body positivity organization Body Kindness collected podcast episodes featuring BIPOC guests speaking about “body image, diet culture, eating disorders, and more.”
Be Nourished offers “programs, workshops, retreats, and e-courses for individuals looking to reclaim body trust and the power to psychologically and physically be nourished in a culture filled with weight bias and body oppression.”
This list from therapy app TalkSpace offers solutions for grounding yourself in the moments when anxiety strikes.
Eating Disorder Hope is an “online community that offers resources, education, support, and inspiration” for those with eating disorders. The website is full of blogs and videos by experts in the field on a variety of related topics.
This list, curated by Good Housekeeping, highlights body-positive activists across different races, gender identities, and ability levels. Give some of these folks a follow to learn more about how rethinking body image shows up in their work and daily lives.
Use Psychology Today’s robust directory of mental health care providers to find a therapist in your area. You can also sort by factors like insurance and specialty.
Blavity’s list of mental health resources by and for Black folks can help with grounding, affirmation, and finding resources.
A list of fat-positive books spanning different authors and genres.