I’m thrilled to bring you my interview with Holly Toronto, a body-image coach that I recently got to know through the anti-diet community! We talked about so much, including:
- Why I began to study sexuality in relation to body image
- The importance of finding weight-inclusive, Health at Every Size clinicians for treatment
- How I came to develop The Anti-Diet Plan
- Why it’s so hard to unlearn diet culture and the weight-centric paradigm
- My professional past in the weight-loss surgery industry, and how it helped push me into the anti-diet world
- The emergence of eating disorders following weight-loss surgery
- Can we be body-positive if we’ve had weight loss surgery?
- The complex topic of hunger, and why we need to move away from measuring calories and towards our hunger cues
- How we can set personal boundaries around diet talk, and how we can opt-out of diet culture
- The role of educating others around the damage that diet culture does to our mental and physical wellbeing
- Why it’s crucial to surround ourselves with a body-positive community
- Some guidelines and symptoms of disordered eating (check out NEDA.com for resources!)
- Eating disorders vs disordered eating, including orthorexia
- Healthism, and the difference between supporting our individual well-being vs being obsessively aligned with rigid health guidelines and the thin ideal
- My #1 tip for improving body image, and the power of self-compassion
Check out the whole thing right here!
If you’re interested in Holly’s work, be sure to head to her website!