Episode 58: Advancing Consuming Issues Schooling with Shikha Advani

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Shikha Advani

Episode description:

Shikha Advani is an incoming grasp’s pupil and dietetic intern at Boston College who’s obsessed with consuming issues consciousness, in addition to range, fairness, and inclusion within the vitamin and consuming dysfunction fields. As an adolescent, Shikha battled anorexia and orthorexia. She hopes her story will help others with consuming issues, irrespective of the place they’re of their restoration course of.

On this episode of Peace Meal, Shikha discusses what her relationship with meals and her physique was rising up, how professionals and her family members responded to her consuming dysfunction, and the way she believes vitamin and consuming issues curricula in universities could possibly be improved. She talks in regards to the weight bias and racism she skilled as a South Asian girl dwelling in a bigger physique, together with the reward she obtained from medical doctors for weight reduction. Shikha additionally emphasizes the significance of remedy along with some other type of remedy for consuming issues. As well as, she dives into what her dietetics curriculum at her college was missing, together with subjects like social justice, fats positivity, and extra, and what it was wish to push again in opposition to outdated concepts. Lastly, she discusses her hopes for the way forward for the dietetics and consuming dysfunction fields.

We cowl:

  • How weight bias can delay an consuming dysfunction analysis
  • Why restoration from anorexia is extra than simply weight restoration
  • How consuming issues can take away the enjoyment of meals
  • How Shikha pushed again in opposition to the weight-centric curriculum of her college
  • What Shikha’s hopes are for the dietetics and consuming dysfunction fields going ahead

In Shikha’s phrases:

  • On the true that means of meals: “[I’ve] realized that meals is greater than what you must put in your physique… meals is pleasure, meals is one thing that represents tradition, meals is a lot extra.”
  • On the way forward for the dietetics and consuming dysfunction fields: “I’m actually hoping to see much more range, fairness, and inclusion within the subject. I’m seeing lots of people speak about why range is essential, however lots of people are likely to neglect in regards to the fairness and inclusion a part of it.”
  • On inherent worthiness: “Food plan tradition is rampant and there’s consistently folks round you that may inform you, you aren’t worthy due to the dimensions of your physique, the colour of your pores and skin, however you’re sturdy and also you’re worthy.”

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