Nutrition did not make much sense to me during my graduation until I did an internship at the eating disorders outpatient treatment in Sao Paulo, and started to be interested in the emotional and social aspects of eating. I was especially interested in body image and its influence on eating behavior. I joined endangered bodies in 2011 to have contact with other people involved with body issues and diet mentality concepts, as described by Susie Orbach in the book "Fat is a feminist issue."
In parallel, I designed in partnership with other dietitians, the Behavioral Nutrition in Brazil, an approach that includes the physiological, social and emotional aspects of eating. We have recently published a book (Behavioral Nutrition, 2015), which explores the main strategies, tools and models for behavior change like Mindful Eating, Intuitive Eating and Eating Competence, as well as more popular techniques but not very well explored in nutrition as motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. One of the chapters "How subjectivity influences eating behavior?" was written with Luciana Saddi, a psychoanalyst member of the Endangered Bodies SP, to discuss the diet mentality, which is her area of expertise.
It is very gratifying to see both groups, Endangered Bodies and Nutrition Behavioral growing, lining up in the discourse and increasing dialogue between the areas of health and media with the population, which seems to be open to seek more autonomic and holistic ways to understand their complex relationship with body image and eating behavior.
Author: Fernanda Timerman: Dietitian, member of Endangered Bodies Sao Paulo, Brazil (Group Body & Culture)