Past Events

This November 2020, we welcomed Trine Tetlie Eik-Nes, MSc, PhD of Norway as a STRIPED Virtual Visiting Scholar. Dr. Trine Tetlie Eik-Nes gave two important virtual talks at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.

  • “Disentangling the role of eating disorder, shame and stigma in treatment of unhealthy weight gain on Thursday, November 12, at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This webinar was co-sponsored by STRIPED and the Program in Public Health Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

  • The role of eating disorder, body image and stigma in prevention of unhealthy weight gain” on Monday, November 16, in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital


STRIPED hosted another virtual STRIPED Showcase on Friday, October 23, 2020. The showcase ran roughly from 10a-2:30p EST and featured brief 10-minute, works-in-progress presentations from members of the STRIPED community, followed by a 10-minute Q&A and discussion after each presentation. We had a great turnout of STRIPED scholars, collaborators, and supporters from around the world joining us at some point during our Showcase marathon. Thank you especially to all the presenters for putting together such illuminating and innovative talks and sharing your works in progress with us all!


In October 2020, we welcomed Lesley Williams, MD as a STRIPED Virtual Visiting Scholar. Dr. Williams gave two important talks at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.

      • “Weight Stigma as a Public Health Issue” on Monday, October 19, at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This webinar was co-sponsored by STRIPED and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
      • “Practical Application of Weight Inclusive Clinical Care” on Thursday, October 22, in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital

On Wednesday, July 15, STRIPED Director Bryn Austin and family advocate, Cherie Monarch, discussed the recent groundbreaking report on the social and economic cost of eating disorders on a Facebook Live Event with The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness. Watch the full Facebook Live event here. 


On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, STRIPED, along with the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), hosted a press conference to release the results of the most comprehensive study of the social and economic costs of eating disorders in the United States to date. Johanna Kandel, founder and executive director of the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness moderated the press conference. STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin, Natasha Doherty and Jared Streatfeild of Deloitte Access Economics spoke on behalf of the report. Click the link here to read the report.

Watch the full recording of the press conference here.

Expert Advisory Panel for This Report: We offer a debt of gratitude to the members of the Expert Advisory Panel for their extensive guidance on the preparation of this report: S. Bryn Austin, Rebecca Hutcheson, Johanna S. Kandel, Jillian Lampert, Elissa Myers, Tracy K. Richmond, Mihail Samnaliev, Katrina Velasquez, Zachary J. Ward, Ruth S. Weissman, and Davene R. Wright.

Funding: This report was supported by a Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Associates Research Program grant and by the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Fund for Eating Disorders Prevention Research.


On Friday, May 1, 2020, STRIPED held a virtual showcase to bring together members of the STRIPED community to present and workshop projects and research. We had a great turnout–with upwards of 75 people— with STRIPED scholars, collaborators, and supporters from around the world joining us at some point during our Showcase marathon. Thank you especially to all the presenters for putting together such illuminating and innovative talks and sharing your works in progress with us all!


On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the Committee on Health- New York City Council held a hearing on body image and inclusivity. The hearing discussed the bill, Intro 1485, which if passed, would ban the sale of “detox” teas and weight loss candies to minors in New York City. We want to thank NYC Council Member Mark Levine for taking on “detox” teas and toxic diet pills in New York City.

Watch the live streamed NYC Council hearing on why we must ban the sale of these dangerous products to NYC children below.
Body Image and Inclusivity Hearing part one
Body Image and Inclusivity Hearing part two


On Wednesday, December 11, Hannah Cory, STRIPED Trainee and doctoral student of Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented on “The Weight of Stigma: Weight Talk, Social Perceptions and Disordered Eating in Adolescents.”


On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, Dr. Pieter Cohen, Cambridge Health Alliance physician and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, gave a lunchtime seminar talk at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Pieter Cohen’s talk titled, “Sports and Weight-Loss Supplements: More Than Mojo,” discussed his cutting edge research on the dangers of dietary supplements sold for weight loss.


On Tuesday, October 22,  2019, STRIPED visiting scholar Dr. Karin Dunker presented on eating disorder treatment and prevention in Brazil. To learn more about the work of Karin Dunker, visit our Fellows and Visiting Scholars Page.


On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, STRIPED held a showcase to bring together researchers, trainees, and visiting scholars in the STRIPED community to share presentations showcasing the range of projects in the STRIPED network.


On Friday, August 9, STRIPED visiting scholar Professor Iyiola Solanke presented the talk “A public health approach to tackle discrimination” at Boston Children’s Hospital.


STRIPED Director Bryn Austin spoke about STRIPED policy advocacy initiatives at a Cambridge Eating Disorder Center event on June 15, 2019.


On Tuesday, June 4, STRIPED Director Bryn Austin sat down for a Facebook live interview with actress Jameela Jamil and body image researcher Nadia Craddock to discuss weight-loss products and celebrity responsibility. You can watch it here.

Dietary supplements are a multi-billion-dollar industry, but these products are only weakly regulated and for many there’s no evidence of their efficacy. Supplements sold with promises of weight loss and cleansing or “detox” are often deceptive snake oil sold to unsuspecting consumers. And they can come with serious health consequences; more than 20,000 emergency room trips in the U.S. each year are blamed on supplements in general with fully a quarter due to weight-loss supplements. Manufacturers of these supplements exploit the insecurities of vulnerable consumers, especially teenage girls, who bear the brunt of the most intense body shaming pressures in our weight-obsessed culture. The pressure is only ratcheted  up when celebrities endorse these products, touting their nearly magical weight-loss properties. During this Facebook Live Q&A, they explored the dangers of these dietary supplements, the physical and mental health effects stemming from body image issues, and the role celebrities can play in driving positive culture change.


On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, STRIPED visiting scholar Zali Yager gave a talk at the Harvard Chan School titled, “Innovations in improving body confidence and mental health in mothers.”


On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, STRIPED held a showcase to bring together members of the STRIPED community to present and workshop projects and research on weight stigma and eating disorders prevention.


On Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, STRIPED visiting scholar Suman Ambwani presented the talk, “When pseudoscience becomes trendy: An exploration of clean eating, false health claims, and eating disorder risk” at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.


On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, STRIPED and the Eating Disorders Coalition, supported by the Office on Women’s Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, hosted the webinar and e-course “Screening, Symptom Recognition & Referral to Treatment for Eating Disorders in Pediatric Primary Care Settings.” 


On Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, STRIPED and the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching hosted a half-day workshop titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Designing and Implementing Case-based Learning in the Online Space.”


On Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018, STRIPED Visiting Scholar Nadia Craddock  presented a talk titled,   “Colourism and Skin Lightening: An Overlooked Global Health Concern” at Harvard Chan School of Public Health.


On Monday, April 30, 2018, STRIPED and Harvard Catalyst hosted an Eating Disorders Prevention Symposium titled, “Reimagining the Frontier of Public Health Approaches to Eating Disorders Prevention: Transdisciplinary, Translational, Transformative.” The event attracted almost 250 participants from around the globe, including scholars and advocates from academia, healthcare, government, community organizations, and business.

Follow this link to view and download video recordings of the symposium. *NOTE: To view the full video recordings, click “DOWNLOAD” on the upper right hand corner of the page.


On February 13, 2018, STRIPED and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion screened the documentary, “Fattitude,” a film about body positivity and weight bias, at Harvard Chan School of Public Health in FXB G13 at 5:30pm.  Following the screening, there was a panel to discuss the topic with the creators of the film!


On Nov. 6, 2017, STRIPED screened the documentary Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image, a film about body image and challenging societal standards of beauty in the media. After the documentary, there was a webcast Q&A from Fordham University with a panel of body image experts during which you can interact live through twitter!


On Nov. 8, 2017, Dr. Laura Hart, STRIPED visiting scholar, presented a lunchtime talk titled Body Image in Early Childhood: Helping Preschoolers Develop Body Confidence as a Public Health Intervention at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. 


STRIPED trainee Monica Kriete presented the STRIPED sponsored talk “Weight Bias: A Public Health Problem” at Harvard School of Public Health on Oct. 25, 2017


On Oct. 19, 2017, the Academy for Eating Disorders hosted a live tweet chat titled “Policy Advocacy for Prevention: Let’s Make It Happen” about how policy translation and advocacy can help us advance eating disorders prevention. STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin facilitated the conversation on twitter from the @HarvardSTRIPED account.


If you missed “Supplements and Health: Sorting the Facts,” be sure to check out the archived event recording here! This event was hosted by the Forum of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and addresses the risks associated with dietary supplements.

Featured panelists were:

  • STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin
  • Charles Bell, Programs Director for Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports
  • Pieter Cohen, General Internist, Cambridge Health Alliance; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • JoAnn Manson, Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Study Director, VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL)

Moderated by Carol Hills, Senior Producer and Reporter, PRI’s The World.

Also, check out the archived Facebook Live Pre-Event Q&A with Dr. Austin and Carol Hills of PRI’s The World!


If you missed “Capitol Hill Chaos: The Future of Eating Disorders, Treatment Access and Mental Health Parity,” be sure to check out the archived recording here and read this article from the Harvard Chan School on the event!

This event was co-sponsored by the Eating Disorders Coalition, Harvard Chan Mental Health Student Alliance, and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard Chan School.


If you missed “Eating Disorders, Mental Health and Body Image: The Public Health Connections,” check out the archived recording here and take a look at this article in the Harvard Gazette covering the forum to learn about the multifaceted nature of eating disorders and how we can prevent them! This event was hosted by the Forum of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. 

Featured panelists were:

  • STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin
  • Alison Field, Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Brown University
  • Claire Mysko, Chief Executive Office, National Eating Disorders Association
  • Thomas Weigel, Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director, Klarman Eating Disorders Center, McLean Hospital

Moderated by Carol Hills, Senior Producer and Reporter, PRI’s The World.