Eating Disorders in Asian American Communities Panel: Strategies for Outreach and Considerations in Care

Men and women of Asian descent have long been underrepresented in conversations about body image struggles and eating disorders. This panel will discuss cultural factors that may impact choices and feelings about food; common attitudes, comments or discussions among family and peers about body size and shape; how gender may impact pressures related to the body; and other unique factors that may contribute to the onset of an eating disorder. The panel will discuss differences and commonalities among ethnicities within Asian American communities and generations, and highlight resources currently available, as well as exploring what resources are in need of development in the future. Treatment professionals, educators and family members will learn about the cultural competency needs in outreach efforts, treatment settings and within communities.