Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Joslyn Smith


Since her struggle with an eating disorder began, Joslyn Smith has used art, writing, personal and professional presentations, and political activism to educate and raise awareness of issues related to eating disorders. Specifically, Joslyn encourages a reevaluation of misconceptions related to health and weight and speaks passionately of the importance of body satisfaction.

Encouraged by faculty at Scripps College, where she received her degree in Studio Arts, Joslyn honestly and intimately shares her journey through body shame and toward self acceptance through art. As she has progressed in her recovery, Joslyn’s art has evolved from illustrating the distress of her eating disorder to reflecting her appreciation in body diversity and the power and peace she finds in feeling connected to her body.

Prior to moving to Ithaca, New York to focus energy on her healing and creative pursuits, Joslyn was Senior Legislative Assistant for the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Public Interest Government Relations Office in Washington, DC. In that role, she led policy efforts addressing eating disorders and obesity prevention by bringing a Health At Every Size® perspective to federal legislative discussions. Before her employment at APA, Joslyn served as a congressional intern in the office of then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, working closely with the Senator’s health staff of issues related to health and mental health. In that capacity, Joslyn led successful efforts to secure the inclusion of Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) in the definition of eating disorders used in the Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity (IMPACT) Act.  Currently, Joslyn is a member of the Board of Directors of both the Andrea’s Voice Foundation and Ophelia’s Place.

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