Lesley Williams-Blackwell, MD, is a board certified family medicine physician and advocate for diversity and inclusivity in healthcare. After years of working in the mental health field, she noted that many of the eating issues she was seeing in her adult and adolescent patients, were linked to negative body image messages they internalized since early childhood. Dr. Williams-Blackwell was struck by how difficult it was to combat these deeply ingrained messages. She also observed that her own young daughter was starting to struggle with body image issues and feeling self-conscious about her size. Dr. Williams-Blackwell decided to switch gears and begin to switch focus from eating disorder and mental health treatment to working towards prevention. She realized that to fully address weight stigma concerns she had to become an advocate for positive body image and size diversity in young children. Her hope is that her weight neutral approach to supporting health will ultimately have a positive impact on the physical and mental well-being of children as well as adults.
Free to Be Me is designed to help build the self-confidence of elementary school-aged children. The book’s message promotes mental health and wellness as well as diversity and inclusivity. The goal of the book is to empower ALL children to live happy, healthy lives and feel free to be themselves.
A portion of all book sale proceeds will be used to support non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the health of children.
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