Carole High Gross, PT, MS, DPT, PRPC earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2015, her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1992 from Thomas Jefferson University, and her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification in 2021. Carole works with Herman & Wallace as a Lead Teaching Assistant as well as an instructor for her own course Eating Disorders and Pelvic Health Rehabilitation. Carole serves on the Pelvic Workgroup of the Ehlers-Danlos International Consortium and has a special interest in working with individuals living with eating disorders, and hypermobility throughout the pregnancy and postpartum journey. In addition, Carole enjoys working with all genders with pelvic, bowel, bladder, and abdominal issues. You can join Carole in her next scheduled Eating Disorders and Pelvic Rehabilitation on October 28-29 2023.
The effects of weight stigma on individuals with and without clinical eating disorders are profound and detrimental. Weight stigma refers to the negative assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs that are directed towards a person based on their body weight, shape, or size. People with higher weight often experience stigma from health professionals, educators, peers, employers, the media, family, and friends.
Weight stigmatization may unintentionally occur with people who are seeking rehabilitation or medical services due to health professionals' implicit and explicit bias towards people with higher body weights. This negatively impacts the quality of healthcare and exacerbates the challenges of recovery for those struggling with eating disorders. In addition, the result of weight bias from health care providers impacts and reinforces increased internalization, negative body image, poor self-esteem, self-criticism, increased unhealthy eating behaviors, poorer health outcomes, and disruption of mental wellness. Fear of judgment or discrimination from a health care provider based on weight biases can lead to delayed or avoidance of health care, increased behaviors or symptoms, and increased risks of medical complications from eating disorders.
Join me on April 22 to begin this quest to learn more about signs, symptoms, and the journey that individuals with eating disorders endure. We will also explore ways that we as Pelvic Health Professionals can assist them on this journey in Eating Disorders and Pelvic Health Rehabilitation. This course will not have all the answers; rather will be a step forward for clinicians to expand their understanding and to seek out additional resources to learn more and provide evidence-based treatment for these individuals.
We, as pelvic health practitioners are NOT going to treat eating disorders… we are NOT going to diagnose eating disorders… but we CAN and SHOULD be asking questions… encouraging patients to seek additional support… and helping them find appropriately trained providers. We can ALSO provide support and speak with words that promote validation, wellness, and healing rather than words that are unintentionally triggering, harmful or nonvalidating. IN ADDITION, we can provide these individuals with manual skills, activities, and educational “tools'' to assist in GI distress, constipation, abdominal bloating, urinary dysfunction, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, POP issues, postural / body mechanics, abdominal canister coordination/function, tightness in trunk, hips, shoulders, rib cage, etc. These individuals would benefit from pelvic health professionals being an additional part (not the lead) of their treatment team.