Johanna Kandel is the Founder and CEO of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, a national non-profit dedicated to eating disorders outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy. Having recovered from an eating disorder herself, she is a passionate and prominent advocate for mental health and eating disorders legislation.
In the last of our three-part series on eating disorder advocacy and policy, Johanna joins us to talk about the personal experience of advocacy. First she opens up about her own eating disorder, recovery, and journey to advocacy. She then describes how her closeness to the issue has fueled and challenged her advocacy efforts, how her professional and personal motivation has evolved over time, and how she focuses on opportunity instead of cynicism. Underscoring the importance of personal voices and lived experiences, she concludes by encouraging others to get involved.
To sign up for the EDC Action Alerts mentioned in the episode, visit https://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org/inner_template/get_involved/take-action.html.
Learn more about The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness at allianceforeatingdisorders.com and about The Emily Program at emilyprogram.com or by calling 1-888-364-5977.
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