Episode 20: Generational Trauma: How Genocide and Poverty Influenced One Daughter's Body Image 


Johanna Kandel grew up the daughter of parents who survived the Holocaust and with roots in deep poverty - traumas that continued to shape her life even though she was born long after they occurred. We explore how her body image issues and eating disorder unfolded and why it took years to receive a diagnosis and find treatment. We also discuss helpful steps to getting a diagnosis if a medical provider is not clued in so that you can access recovery. 



About Me:

Johanna Kandel is the founder and CEO of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, a national nonprofit organizaiton dedciated to the outreach, education, early-intervention and advocacy for all eating disorders, and the author of Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder (Harlequin).  After recovering from a decade long battle with eating disorders, she has dedicated her life to creating access to care and hope for those living with an eating disorder.  Since 2000, The Alliance has provided access to care, as well as information and awareness about eating disorders to more than 300,000 individuals internationally. As a passionate advocate for eating disorders, Johanna has spent a lot of time meeting with members of Congress, and was part of the first-ever Eating Disorder Roundtable at the White House. Johanna is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition. She is the mother of an inquisitive two-year-old, Annabelle, which also happens to be her most cherished prize in a life of full recovery.
For more information about The Alliance, please visit www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com.
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Fun Facts:

  • I have known my husband since pre-school (and no, we haven’t been together since then)!

  • I spoke French before I spoke English. 

  • I have seen Sarah McLachlan in concert 21 times!

  • I listen to books on tape all the time!

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