T-FFED founder Dagan VanDemark's academic work found that the mainstream eating disorder recovery community had no idea how to navigate trans culture and that members of trans and gender-diverse communities suffer disproportionately from eating disorders and body image issues. VanDemark joined forces with a team equally enthusiastic about challenging the dominant narrative that primarily depicts those affected by eating disorders as white, cisgender, presumably straight, able-bodied, upper class, young, female and usually insured.
According to the T-FFED team, social media enables access to resources, support and information from which "trans and gender-diverse folx (especially folx of color) have been historically barred by gatekeeping on the part of the medical industrial complex." The group uses Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to raise awareness and launch a dialogue about how to best "build a more sustainable [eating disorder] community that goes beyond 'inclusion' and un-interrogated 'diversity' to prioritizing marginalized leadership and the redistribution of funding to this necessary work."
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