What is Food Sovereignty and why it is important for the diagnoses and treatment of eating disorders?
The predominant model of diagnosis and treatment for eating disorders under the Western Bio-Medical model of Psychiatry and Psychology including:
The American Psychological Association,
All medical and mental health treatment centers, institutions, and practitioners who participate and perpetuate the medical-industrial complex under the model of western bio-medicine,
currently fails to acknowledge and include the evolutionary and social determinants of eating disorders caused by colonialism, industrialization, capitalism, imperialism, and neo-liberal food politics in their diagnostic and treatment criteria for eating disorders.
The harmful physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and cultural impacts of the social, economic and political systems controlling food systems are ignored in diagnostic and treatment criteria. This creates an impossible responsibility for an individual to recover from an eating disorder that is being socially constructed and controlled by systemic powers outside of the individual's means to control or influence;
Intersectionalities of Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, Gender, Sexuality, Economic Status, Age, Family Status are ignored in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders leaving the majority of those suffering from eating disorders marginalized and kept from efficient, sufficient, and lasting recovery treatment;
Systemic racism, environmental racism, Indigenous genocide, homophobia, fat-phobia and trans-phobia are unacknowledged as culturally constructed, inter-generational determinants of eating disorders;
Under this model, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illness, have been harmfully mischaracterized as an exclusively white middle-class women's issue, are extremely difficult to treat and have low recovery rates.
Solutions to Filling the Gaps:
Decolonize Eating Disorders adopts an Indigenous Food Sovereignty philosophy as a model for Eating Disorder Recovery by utilizing decolonization efforts of Food Systems, Bodies, Sexuality, and Land through various action-based initiatives on a systems level. Decolonize Eating Disorders utilizes a Regenerative Culture Design Framework to address eating disorder diagnosis, treatment and prevention through 1. Biologically Inspired Design 2. Transformative Innovation 3. Health and Resilience 4. Living Systems Thinking.
Decolonize Eating Disorders' mission is to acknowledge and address the gaps and limitations of the western-bio medical model of psychiatry and psychology with culturally-appropriate diagnosis and treatment criteria of eating disorders through the restoration of sovereignty over food systems, land, bodies, and sexuality as eating disorder recovery. Literal land back, Indigenous sovereignty and treaty rights, systems-level reparations and Black liberation, reproductive sovereignty, and eradication of fat-phobia. We prioritize Indigenous Science, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Literature and Research from Decolonialist Perspectives, and Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Literature from POC, LGBTQ, Two-Spirit Scholars, Activist, Artists, Researchers, and Community Members. Please collaborate to the forum by sending any resources you find helpful and meaningful for diagnosis, recovery, and prevention.