Eating disorders look different for everyone and unfortunately, they often go undiagnosed or untreated within the Latinx community. There are many types of eating disorders and treatment options available online and for this list we wanted to highlight some accessible resources. Alongside national resources there are also apps, hotlines, therapists, and online communities that can you can follow if you’re looking to lose weight or recover from an eating disorder. This list includes Latinas using their platform to promote intuitive eating such as Dalina Soto as well as apps and national resources like the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Here are 10 resources dedicated to body positivity, meal ideas that celebrate LATAM foods, and providing accessible tools for recovery.
Dalina Soto – @Your.Latina.Nutritionist
Dietitian and nutritionist Dalina Soto is dedicated to an anti-diet approach that’s about embracing and uplifting our cultural foods. She regularly posts about how to stop chronic dieting and developed the Chula Method, her guide to intuitive eating. “The narrative that thinness and perfect eating is the only way to be healthy has to die a fiery death,” she previously told us.
Astrid Naranjo – @Anti-Diet_Dietitian
Astrid Naranjo, a clinical dietitian and nutritionist born in Venezuela and working in Australia, regularly shares insight on binge eating and very useful advice on emotional eating. She’s a keen myth-buster, so she’s often dropping facts about trending topics like low carb diets . Among her specialities are eating disorders and food freedom — you can learn more about her approach by checking out her episode on the Preventative Medicine podcast.
Diana Mesa – @EnLaMesaNutrition
Diana Mesa is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist. Using a non-diet approach, she addresses insulin resistance, gut health, and stress as it pertains to your health and eating habits. Having taught children, teens, and adults how to eat healthy without sacrificing flavor, Mesa is a respected voice in health and her Instagram is a great resource to have.
Leda Medina – @Latina.Nutritionista
Anti-diet dietitian Leda Medina is helping women embrace their bodies and enjoy cuisine from LATAM. She’s a believer in Health At Every Size (HAES) and is an advocate for body positivity which are both the foundation for her approach. She often shares tips on how to build trust with your own body and advice on how to set boundaries with your family when it comes to your weight.
Latinx Therapy Network
Latinx Therapy Network features a directory of Latinx therapists whose specialities include eating disorders. They highlight the fact that mental health and eating disorders go hand-in-hand and make their resources accessible to all including podcasts, books, speakers, and more – all affordable and full of additional resources.
Jannie Martinez – @takingupspace_with_jannie
Jannie Martinez specializes in eating disorders and body positivity with a trauma-informed and HAES approach. She shares health advice on self-care, body acceptance, and eating disorder myths. “Misconceptions about eating disorders have real consequences and support options are often inaccessible. As a result, too many people are left feeling helpless, hopeless, and frightened,” she wrote in an Instagram post for National Eating Disorder Awareness week.
Recovery Record: Eating Disorder Management App
If you’re looking to manage your recovery journey, the Recovery Record app can help when it comes to anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating just to name a few. You can achieve your goals – both related to eating disorders or general weight loss – with food journaling, affirmations, access to a treatment team, and much more! You can personalize your journey for every stage and type of eating disorder. Download it for free in the Apple App Store.
Rise Up + Recover: An Eating Disorder Monitoring and Management Tool for Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and EDNOS App
Rise Up + Recover is an empowering tool that makes your road to recovery easy and achievable. You can log your meals, emotions, and behaviors right into your phone and if that’s not enough, you can find support and professional treatment in your area. This app is used by millions of people around the world who are struggling with food, dieting, exercise, and body image. Download it for free in the App Store
Starla Garcia – @starla_shines
Dietitian and Olympic Trails marathoner, Starla Garcia has been open about battling an eating disorder as a student-athlete when she was in college. “My competitive nature and the pressure to perform as a runner lead me to develop restrictive eating habits, anorexia, and engaging in excessive exercise. It wasn’t until I sought help from a dietitian that my unhealthy obsession with nutrition could begin to heal,” she wrote in her bio on her website. She’s now on a mission to help others with the same struggles through The Healthy Shine and Fuel for More, a 1:1 nutrition program.
National Eating Disorders Association Helpline
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to supporting individuals affected by eating disorders. They offer several resources including a free screening tool for ages 13 and up as well as info on free and low cost support which is crucial for many Latinas who don’t have access to information or health care. If you or someone you know is dealing with an eating disorder please call the NEDA hotline (800) 931-2237.