To plan and deliver innovative local and national services that address the major gaps in resources for eating disorders, in collaboration with those with lived experience and our community partners. Body Brave also works to create a bold national recovery-focused, inclusive community, committed to body liberation as well as raising awareness and reducing stigma around disordered eating and/or eating disorders.
All people affected by body image issues, disordered eating, and eating disorders are able to access high quality information and support, experiencing a sense of self-efficacy, dignity and connection.
Body Brave was founded by mother-daughter duo Sonia Kumar-Seguin and Dr. Karen Trollope. In her late teens and early twenties, Sonia struggled with a severe eating disorder. Karen and Sonia quickly discovered the immense barriers that exist for those navigating the healthcare system in search of help. Everything from stigma, long-waitlists, lack of healthcare provider support and training as well as a lack of eating disorder awareness or funding. The families of those who suffer are also often left in the dark, without coping tools or concrete information.
Sonia was lucky enough to able to access treatment and finally recover, however, she lost almost a decade of her life. Sonia and Karen decided to found Body Brave in hopes that no one would have to go through what they did. They soon found that their experiences were not unique. The Body Brave community has grown quickly and is a thriving beacon of hope for people struggling with eating disorders as well as their families and friends.
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