153: IE Series, Emotional Eating and Kind Coping Skills With Dr. Rachel Millner, Psy.D.

Anorexia In Higher Weight Individuals with Rachel Millner

Listen to this interview with Rachel Millner at https://seven-health.com/2020/07/206-anorexia-in-higher-weight-individuals-with-rachel-millner/#1

Listen to Rachel on the Food Psych Podcast- COVID-19 and Eating-Disorder Recovery, Plus How to Handle Weight Gain and Body Changes with Rachel Millner, Fat-Positive Psychologist

Fat-positive psychologist and eating-disorder specialist Rachel Millner joins us to discuss how she navigated a changing body while helping clients in eating-disorder recovery, coping with discomfort in a larger body, how the Health At Every Size® community responded to her weight gain compared to the culture at large, teaching kids how to navigate diet culture and other forms of oppression, and so much more. Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to navigate eating-disorder recovery while socially distanced from your support system because of COVID-19. 

Originally posted at https://christyharrison.com/foodpsych/7/covid-19-and-eating-disorder-recovery-plus-how-to-handle-weight-gain-and-body-changes-with-rachel-millner

Rachel appeared on episode #1145 of the Food Psych Podcast, originally published February 26, 2018.

Listen to Rachel's episode of the Food Psych Podcast Here!

Health at Every Size psychologist and Body Trust Provider Rachel Millner joins us to discuss how diet culture masks anorexia, why it’s so important for everyone in our society to address our own weight bias, the power of community in breaking free from diet culture, the role of clinicians as activists, how we can spread the Health at Every Size message and plant seeds for change, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about dealing with anger toward a parent who constantly pushed diets on you in childhood.

Rachel Millner, Psy.D., CEDS is a licensed psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist. She sees adults with all forms of eating disorders and disordered eating and those wanting to break out of diet culture in her private practice, and treats children and adolescents with eating disorders as part of the Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Millner is a certified Body Trust(r) provider. She practices from a Health at Every Size(r), fat positive, weight inclusive perspective. Find her online at RachelMillner.com.


  • Rachel’s relationship with food growing up, including how being raised in a Jewish family resulted in internalizing mixed messages about food being abundant but off-limits
  • How food messaging changes based on body size
  • Rachel’s experience with sneaking food in order to avoid being shamed about her food choices
  • The problem with blaming the individual for health outcomes or body shape, and the role of diet culture in our understanding of health
  • Rachel’s struggles with the binge-restrict cycle
  • How hard it is to integrate body acceptance into our lives even if we intellectually understand and agree with fat acceptance
  • The power of community in breaking free from diet culture
  • The trajectory of Rachel’s eating disorder, including how being in a smaller body allowed her to get the help she needed
  • Why we need to shift away from treating bodies, and move towards treating symptoms
  • How pervasive fatphobia is in the medical field
  • Higher-weight anorexia, and the need for health professionals to break down and engage with their own weight bias
  • How to find a Health at Every Size, fat-positive healthcare
  • Rachel’s path to recovery, including the role of therapy and self-care, and how she set boundaries her family during that time
  • Rachel’s professional trajectory, including how she became more involved in the fat activist community
  • The role of clinicians as activists and the power in trusting your message
  • How valuable age is, both professionally and personally
  • How we can spread the Health at Every Size message, plant seeds for change, give space for people to have their own journey, and let go of the goal of perfection

Rachel appeared on this episode of the Eating Disorders Recovery Podcast on January 26th, 2018.

Listen to the podcast episode here!

In this episode, Tabitha talks to the wonderful Rachel Millner about fat-phobia in schools:

  • BMI report cards
  • School dinner policing
  • Health at Every Size
  • Body Diversity
  • Fat-phobia 
  • How to trust kids to eat

Here is a list of useful books from Rachel

Ellyn Satter- Any of her books

Amanda’s Big Dream by Judith Matz

Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor (this is a more general book-not specific to kids, but gives a really good foundation of Health at Every Size®

Shapesville by Andy Mills

Your Body is Awesome by Sigrun Danielsdottir

Kathy Kater’s “health bodies” curriculum

Born to Eat by Wendy Jo Peterson

How to Be Comfortable in Your own Feathers by Julia Cook

Todd Parr- has several books


Rachel appeared on this episode of the Eating Disorders Recovery Podcast on July 8th, 2017.

Listen to the podcast episode here!

In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Dr. Rachel Millner about Anorexia and people in larger bodies. This podcast was inspired by an email from a mother of a patient who has Anorexia and is in a larger body. Topics discussed include:

  • The dangers associated with energy deficit in people in larger bodies
  • Problems with diagnosis and practitioner ignorance 
  • Weight stigma in the medical field
  • Parent advocacy and strength
  • Embracing weight diversity
Rachel Millner (she/her), PsyD, CEDS, CBTP
Healing Relationship with Food and Body
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