Speaking engagements are an important part of my job, as they are essentially an extension of this blog.

Any of you who follow me regularly will know that I’m passionate about dispelling health industry myths and am also highly focused on helping people leave behind the mania and hysteria surrounding workouts and a “perfect body” as a panacea for a happy healthy life. (If you are new to my page, I firmly believe that a happy, healthy life includes a positive body image, intake of generally healthy-ish-enough food and sustainable activity levels doing activities you enjoy. So I physically help people get out of pain caused by doing too much/too little/the wrong things and get on with living).

Silver Linings, an Eating Disorder support network, hosted a screening of the film Straight/Curve at the Globe Cinema, followed by a panel discussion.

It was an honour to sit on the panel and interact with the audience as we tackled questions about body image, the impact of social media on body image, the impact of daily visual exposure to “perfect” bodies (and “perfect” plus size models), and what we can individually do to be part of the change we want to see.

The very definition of culture is attitudes, customs and beliefs that are shared by a group of people.

The conversation this weekend is part of a small, but important shift, to our broader culture. Engaging in thoughtful dialogue with an audience interested in different media images is part of a wave of change that drives me to do what I do.

If you’d like me to speak at an upcoming event about health myths, fitness industry-created body hysteria (and why most of it isn’t necessary for laypeople), or any other topic I am regularly writing about, please connect with me at 514-804-0504.

Additionally, I present industry workshops for fitness professionals with Dr Angela Grace (pictured r) on eating disorders, orthorexia and overexercising and we are currently booking engagements for fall 2018 and 2019. Please contact me at the number above for details.

I am committed to being part of the change I want to see. Healthy body image.

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