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Find out what's going on at Body Brave. From eating disorder training for professionals and students to recovery sessions for those looking for support. Scroll to check out our latest newsletter, posts from our social media and blog!

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In the Media

Media Inquires:

Jun 28, 2022

Participate in a study to understand the impact of COVID-19 on youths with an Eating Disorder.


Dr. Jennifer Couturier and her research team at McMaster University are now recruiting youth under 18 years of age, parents of youth under 18, clinicians, and program managers to join a research study and share their experiences with eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participation would include a 1-hr video interview and you would be compensated with a gift card.

For more information and to apply, click here:

If you have any questions, please reach out to the research coordinator, Danielle Pellegrini at

Mar 31, 2022

Challenges in eating disorder diagnosis and management among family physicians and trainees: a qualitative study

By: Angel Tse, Sabatinie Xavier, Karen Trollope-Kumar, Gina Agarwal & Cynthia Lokker


Family physicians are one of the first points of contact for individuals with eating disorders (EDs) seeking care and treatment, but training in this area is suboptimal and insufficient.

Jun 2, 2019

World Eating Disorders Action Day spreads message of support and awareness

By: Joanne Richard, Toronto Sun


More than a million Canadians struggle with eating disorders yet there’s little help or support, report experts.

Today is World Eating Disorders Action Day, and advocates, health professionals, those affected and their families are highlighting why eating disorders can’t afford to wait.

Jun 6, 2021

Eating disorders are spiking during the pandemic

By: By Dr. Karen Trollope, Chief Clinical Officer, Body Brave


“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a serious public health crisis for people with eating disorders. In a recent article published by The Canadian Press (Jan 20, 2021), specialists from across Canada sounded the alarm about a dramatic increase in the number of adolescents seeking treatment. Many of these young people are very ill, at risk for dangerous medical complications of their eating disorder.”

Feb 22, 2021

Eating Disorders are Prevalent but Solvable, with Sonia Kumar, co-founder of Body Brave and the Body Peace Collaborative

By: Social Impact Advisors


“As someone with lived experience, and as a person of mixed colour, Sonia brings a unique perspective to addressing eating disorders as a mental health issue, raising up the voices of people with lived experience and seeking more equitable access and support.”

Sep 2, 2020

The Working Mind Features Sonia Kumar-Seguin

By: Mental Health Commission of Canada, The Working Mind 2019


Sonia co-founded Body Brave with her mother Dr. Karen Trollope. It was a response to Sonia’s difficulties navigating the healthcare system in search of support during an 8-year battle living with an eating disorder.

May 4, 2022

OTF Helps Body Brave Deliver Tech-Based Eating Disorder Supports


MEDIA RELEASE | In May 2021, Body Brave received a $116,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. This support allowed the organization to successfully build and adapt their services to an online environment and improve their technological capacity to deliver community-based eating disorder support and treatment services across the province.

Apr 3, 2022

Innovations in early intervention for people with eating disorders

By: Karen Trollope-Kumar, MD, PhD, CCFP


The treatment of eating disorders—suboptimal even before the pandemic—can be improved with primary care involvement, community support, and increased use of technology.

Jul 23, 2020

Saying No To Diet Culture

By: Karen Trollope-Kumar, The Hamilton Spectator


“As soon as this pandemic is over, I am going on a diet. Got to get rid of the Covid 15!” How many of us have heard or read words like these? In our diet-obsessed culture, we are bombarded with images of the “before” and “after” bodies, usually linked with an ad for the latest diet.

Aug 6, 2019

Connected Physicians, by the Canadian Medical Association

By: Canadian Medical Association


[Video] Sonia Kumar-Seguin, Patient advocate

Feb 26, 2020

Made-in-Hamilton event celebrates success of local women

By: Amy Kouniakis,


“There are ways to support each other,” Kumar-Seguin, who is the executive director of Body Brave. “This type of event helps spread that awareness.”

“It’s really important for strong, successful women to be aware of their mental health,” she said. “Take care of yourself. It can only be good for your business.”

Jul 16, 2020

Brave Letters campaign calls for greater recognition and resources for the treatment of eating disorders

By: Nick Fearns, Niagara This Week – Niagara Falls


“To help shine a light on eating disorders and the negative impact they can have on people, Body Brave is encouraging community members to engage in its letter-writing campaign. Dubbed Brave Letters, people are encouraged to write to Canadian politicians and demand support for community based treatments so people can access the help they need.”


The Latest From Our Blog

Latest News

February 1st, 2022

February 1st to 7th marks Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW). EDAW is a national week of action focused on educating the public about eating disorders. 


All proceeds from our store go directly back to allowing us to provide free services to those struggling with eating disorders.

October 16, 2021

Our 2020/2021 Impact Report is here! This year has been like no other. Check out what we've been up to over the last year and how Body Brave has responded to the pandemic. 

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