Recovery from eating disorders for Every Body.
As a leader driving change, Body Brave is a charity providing accessible eating disorder treatment and support, as well as advancing community training and education.
Lived experience informs all of our work.
Body Brave was founded by mother-daughter duo Sonia Kumar-Seguin and Dr. Karen Trollope. In her late teens and early twenties, Sonia struggled with a severe eating disorder. Karen and Sonia quickly discovered the immense barriers that exist for those navigating the healthcare system in search of help. Everything from stigma, long-waitlists, lack of healthcare provider support and training as well as a lack of eating disorder awareness or funding. Karen became a caregiver of Sonia but was often left in the dark, without coping tools or concrete information.
Sonia was lucky enough to able to access treatment and finally recover, however, she lost almost a decade of her life. Sonia and Karen decided to found Body Brave in hopes that no one would have to go through what they did. They soon found that their experiences were not unique. The Body Brave community has grown quickly and is a thriving beacon of hope for people struggling with eating disorders as well as their families and friends. What matters most is understanding what people need to help them break free from an eating disorder. We are always listening, co-designing and learning from the voices of people who have struggled with eating disorders as well as their families.
How far we've come since 2017
August 2017 - Body Brave was founded and began offering programs
January 2018 - First eating disorder treatment program in Canada to offer virtual treatment
October 2019 - Ran a first-of-its-kind virtual conference, Body Peace
November 2019 - Began offering eating disorder training and education for professionals and students
March 2020 - Went fully virtual in less than 48 hours
September 2020 - 1 of 7 organizations across Canada to win the Priority Health Innovation Challenge
October 2020 - 2nd Body Peace Conference attracts over 400 people
September 2021 - Offered services to over 1000 people during the pandemic despite no dedicated government funding
Recovery for every body means:
person-centred, compassionate care for anyone struggling with or at risk for an eating disorder.
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