Phillip Joy, Assistant Professor

Applied Human Nutrition
Mount Saint Vincent University

Phillip (he/him) is a registered dietitian with the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association (NSDA). His research interests are driven by his own experiences as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. His research perspective is through the lens of poststructuralism and queer theory and provides both a personal and political perspective on the topic of nutrition, gender, sexuality, nutrition pedagogy, and health. His research often uses arts-based methodologies, such as photography and comics, that can disrupt the foundations of nutrition and health research. He is currently working on two film projects - one entitled "Wicked Bodies" about eating disorders in the 2SLGBTQ+ communities and the other called "Pup Philms" exploring body image within the queer pup community (SSHRC-funded). He is also exploring the meaning of compassion within 2SLGBTQ+ communities and will be producing a comic anthology from the results (SSHRC-funded). He was co-editor to Rainbow Reflections: Body Image Comics for Queer Men. He can be contacted at

Wicked Bodies: A Teaching Tool for Health Professionals working with 2SLGBTQ+ People Living with Eating Disorders

In this presentation, we will review several social and cultural factors that create health disparities and the higher rates of eating disorders seen in 2SLGBTQ+ communities. We will provide an overview of some considerations for professionals working with 2SLGBTQ+ people living with eating disorders to ensure their practices are more inclusive and less harmful, including gender dysphoria. The presentation will end with a discussion of Wicked Bodies – a teaching tool with personal uplifting narrative that is dedicated to holding space and bringing a more compassionate lens to disordered eating in the queer community.