Teachers and Coaches: Helping our Youth Navigate a Body-Obsessed Culture

How to tackle the sensitive topic surrounding eating behaviours and what the next steps might be. Hear stories from individuals who struggled with their body image and eating.

Friday, October 6th 2017
Starting at 8:15AM

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Featured speakers

Gail McVey (Psychologist, University Health Network)
Dr. Gail McVey is the Director of the Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders, an associate professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a Fellow with the Academy of Eating Disorders. Dr. McVey has carried out a 17-year program of intervention research in the prevention of eating disorders, anchored in mental health promotion. She has carried out a separate program of research on a professional development intervention geared at supporting practice change in the delivery of healthy weights promotion. She has published longitudinal studies on prevention and is senior co-editor of an edited volume entitled Preventing Eating and Weight-Related Issues: Collaborative Research, Advocacy, and Policy Change.


Dr. Niva Piran (Clinical Psychologist, University of Toronto)
Dr. Niva Piran is a clinical psychologist, school consultant, and, for the past 20 years, a full professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Eating Disorders, she is internationally recognized for her innovative work on body image development, and the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. A frequent international presenter, Dr. Piran is the author of the book, “Journeys of Embodiment at the Intersection of Body and Culture: The Developmental Theory of Embodiment” (2017), as well as of over 100 scientific publications, and the co-editor of three books on treatment and prevention.

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