TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR EVERY BODY.
EARLY INTERVENTION IS THE BEST KNOWN APPROACH
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER TRAINING PREVENTS AVOIDABLE DEATHS.
It’s estimated that 7.8% of the global population (approximately 2.9 million Canadians) struggle with an eating disorder 1. With such a high prevalence, it’s crucial that both public and professionals receive basic training, at a minimum, around these issues. Individuals vulnerable to disordered eating/eating disorders should be able to access spaces like universities, gyms and dentist offices without fear of judgement or harm.
Medical students and even psychiatry residents, receive only a few hours of eating disorder specific training2. With proper instruction on how to screen, diagnose and manage eating disorders, deaths could be prevented.
LIVED EXPERIENCE IS EVIDENCE TOO.
Body Brave aims to democratize eating disorder training and education by providing it in an accessible way to healthcare providers, the public and other professionals. We are working independently and with other organizations to roll out person-centred, online and in-person training modules. In collaboration with other eating disorder organizations across Canada, we are currently building a national e-platform to offer the best in evidence-based training.
But evidence-based is not enough. Even among highly trained individuals, stigma and bias against those struggling exists. Training must be person-centred and therefore, all our training initiatives include the voices of lived experience. The result is convenient, affordable, person-centred training, enabling providers to offer empowering care.
BODY PEACE CONFERENCE
In October 2019, we ran our inaugral Body Peace Virtual Conference in collaboration with NIED. Body Peace is a first-of-its-kind virtual body image and Eating Disorders conference that seeks to create a space where individuals can receive practical training and information about eating disorders and body image. Focusing on the value of lived experience as evidence, the 2019 conference brought together survivors, caregivers, and health professionals to learn from keynotes, speakers, and panels, as well as from each other.
The response was tremendous and we’re excited to be gearing up for Body Peace 2020, taking place on November 19 and 20th.
LIVE VIRTUAL SESSIONS
HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TRAINED
Medical Students & Professionals Educated
Aside from Body Peace, we also provide training and education to family health teams and universities. We educated over 300 medical students and healthcare professionals in 2019. Our goal is nothing short of training and education for every body. Stay tuned for our exciting 2020 initiatives!
1. Prevalence of eating disorders over the 2000-2018 period: a systematic literature review. American Clinical Journal of Nutrition
2. More Training Needed in Eating Disorders: A Time Cohort Comparison Study of Canadian Psychiatry Residents. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Prevention and Treatment.