SJ Thompson is a writer, consultant, Certified Body Trust Provider, and trainer for health care and wellness professionals. Wanting to improve their relationships with clients/patients in larger bodies, queer, and trans people, SJ is also a medical advocate for fat people seeking equitable treatment from their providers. SJ’s writing is informed by many philosophies including: Body Trust, Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, Fat Liberation, eating disorder recovery harm reduction, and more.
In this episode of In This Body, SJ sheds light on their experiences navigating the world with marginalized identities. A huge part of their eating disorder recovery has been to figure out how to be angry and learn how to not operate from a place of shame. SJ’s honesty and insight points out many ways our current treatment system fails us.
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What You’ll Learn
- How systemic oppression has impacted SJ and how important community and support has been in their journey
- The barriers to access of both diagnosis and treatment that marginalized people face
- Why our current treatment system fails so many people
- The unique ways that SJ has managed their anger and shame
Quotables from SJ Thompson
I get to say that I’m disabled. That’s not for anyone else to decide.
I surround myself with other people that also speak up. Because it’s really hard to do that consistently without support. And community is a huge part of that for me. Because I need to be able to recharge, and not burn myself out. Because it’s a marathon and not a sprint.
A huge part of my eating disorder recovery has been to figure out how to be angry… And so how I deal with it is I don’t try to suppress it anymore. And I’m learning how to not only operate in shame.