“To be nobody but yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings
Serena Nangia (she/her) is a Body Activist, a long-time advocate for eating disorder recovery, and Marketing & Communications Manager for an eating disorder nonprofit called Project HEAL. Serena has spent close to a decade building expertise on the way body image, media, and eating disorders affect people’s daily lives, as well as how Fatphobia and weight stigma create issues of access and discrimination systemically and interpersonally. Serena is a self-identifying Fat person and knows first-hand the difficulties that under-represented folks face in getting access to treatment and equitable healthcare. In order to combat the fatphobic and archaic systems preventing folks from getting the care they need, she became deeply involved in the eating disorder community and actively works to elevate the diverse voices of People of Color and Fat people. Serena’s inspiration comes from her sister, Ellen, who struggled with an eating disorder for over a decade and is now in long-term recovery.
It was such a joy chatting with Serena! She has such thought, care, kindness, clarity, and focus. Her passion is very evident in all that she does through her work and advocacy! Serena is an amazing storyteller and invites individuals across the globe to share their own stories on her Body Activism Podcast. She is a change-maker – thank you Serena for sharing this powerful and insightful conversation. Click here for Serena’s interview