Dr Jill Andrew
Jill Andrew is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto-St. Paul’s and the Ontario New Democratic Party Culture Critic. She is an award-winning equity and body-image advocate, educator, speaker and writer. As the co-founder of Body Confidence Canada, #SizeismSUCKS and Body Confidence Awareness Week, Jill advocates to end size and appearance-based discrimination, harassment and bullying.
She is a community co-owner of Glad Day Bookshop – the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore. She has been an avid volunteer and donor to organizations across the GTA supporting Black and racialized communities, youth, women, chronic health and queer rights through community engagement, education, employment, healthcare, housing and the arts. She holds a Master’s degree in women and gender studies from the University of Toronto New College and recently completed her PhD at York University’s Faculty of Education. Jill is also a graduate of the Women Win TO political training series. Jill is an animal fanatic – especially cats – and she credits music and theatre education in her youth for helping her to find her voice.
Dr Amy Farrell
Searching for the Roots of Fat Stigma: Race, Gender, and the Degenerate Woman
Amy E. Farrell is the Ann and John Curley Chair of Liberal Arts and Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College. Her research focuses on the history of second wave feminism, representations of gender and feminism in popular culture, and the history and representation of the body and fatness. She is the author of two books: Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 1998) and Fat Shame: Stigma and the fat Body in American Culture (New York University Press, 2011). She is currently working on a new project, a history of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Dr Jennifer Gaudiani
Weight-Inclusive Medical Care in those with Eating Disorders and Beyond: The Only Way Forward
Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED, is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard, medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Yale. Dr. Gaudiani has been a leader in the eating disorders field for over 10 years and served as the Medical Director at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders prior to founding the Gaudiani Clinic which is a Denver-based outpatient medical clinic dedicated to people with eating disorders and disordered eating. The Gaudiani Clinic is a HAES (Health At Every Size)®-informed provider and embraces treating people of all shapes and sizes. The Gaudiani Clinic is licensed to practice in over 25 US states via telemedicine and offers international professional consultation and education.
Dr. Gaudiani has lectured nationally and internationally, is widely published in the scientific literature as well as on blogs, is a current member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and the Academy for Eating Disorders Medical Care Standards Committee, and is a former board member of iaedp. Dr. Gaudiani is one of a very small number of internal medicine physicians who is certified as an eating disorders expert. She is also a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Gaudiani’s first book, Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, was released by Routledge in October 2018 and is available on Amazon.