Iowa is proudly hosting an illuminating event with the distinguished Ragen Chastain. The arrival of Ragen Chastain—a paragon of the Health At Every Size® movement, a prolific writer, a fervent activist, a seasoned researcher, and an extraordinary athlete. This is a momentous occasion for the state's advocacy and healthcare community.
The Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa (EDCI) is orchestrating this pivotal event on March 1st and 2nd, 2024, at Grand View University. It's a clarion call to challenge the pervasive weight stigma and to foster a weight-neutral paradigm in the treatment of eating disorders. The inaugural day, dedicated to healthcare professionals, promises an enriching Provider Conference with continuing education opportunities. The following day opens its doors to a broader audience, offering a Community Workshop that invites an engaging dialogue among community members, those in recovery, caregivers, educators, and advocates.
Ragen Chastain's journey from Forest Grove, Oregon, to the forefront of body inclusivity has been nothing short of revolutionary. Her writings in "DancesWithFat," her contributions to media outlets, and her editorship of "The Politics of Size," all narrate her unwavering resolve to dismantle the prejudices associated with weight. Ragen is not merely an activist; she's a symbol of what it means to embody the very principles one stands for. As a national champion dancer and a trailblazer who's set athletic records, she brings a message that resonates with authenticity and passion.
Her forthcoming participation in the Eating Disorder Awareness Week is a testament to her commitment to inspiring a societal transformation—one where the diversity of body sizes is not just accepted but celebrated. The event is a clarion call to all—whether you're newly introduced to Ragen’s philosophy, or you've long embraced her views—this gathering is a beacon for change.
EDCI is elated to welcome such a vanguard to Iowa. This event is not just an opportunity to learn—it's a collaborative effort to effect change and provide support to those affected by eating disorders in our communities. It's a chance to be part of a collective stride towards a future where every individual can live fully, unapologetically, and free from the confines of stigma. Join us in this significant endeavor; be a part of this transformational journey!