Trans Body Project

Eating disorders can affect all people regardless of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and ability. However, emerging literature reveals that trans individuals are at an elevated risk for developing eating disorders (Testa, 2017).

Moreso, nonbinary people have been overlooked or excluded from research in general (Gordon, 2018). One possible source of health disparities is lack of access to trans-affirming eating disorders treatment. For example, there may be a lack of education and knowledge about trans populations and affirming care within the ED field; and accessible treatment may be limited, particularly in treatment centers, hospitals, and mental health clinics. Our lab examines literature on transgender populations and the interactions within the eating disorders field and to also review public posts and listed topics on a trans advocacy site for eating disorders. The goal is to inform directions for research and developing evidence based treatment and prevention.