Food Psych #205: Disordered Eating, Athletes, and Why HAES Is for Every Body with Lindsay Krasna

Certified eating-disorders dietitian Lindsay Krasna joins us to discuss disordered eating among athletes, why eating disorders are less of a pathology and more of a reaction to diet culture, the role of thin privilege and economic privilege in people’s relationships with food, why healthcare providers should stop assuming that people have limited knowledge around food and body issues, and so much more. Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether people without celiac disease ever need to go gluten-free. 

Lindsay Krasna is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Eating Disorders Dietitian (CEDRD), and accredited professional supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She is the founder of LK Nutrition, a non-diet, body-inclusive nutrition counseling private practice in New York City, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating and body-image concerns. Lindsay is passionate about helping her clients cultivate more peaceful relationships with food, movement, and their bodies. She has a special interest in the individual and collective healing power of collaborative relationships. In addition to her private-practice work, Lindsay serves as the New York City chapter ambassador for the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD), an organization dedicated to improving the quality of care of individuals with eating disorders by improving access to eating-disorder dietitians. 

Prior to beginning her nutrition career, Lindsay was a competitive basketball player. She competed at the collegiate level for Cornell University followed by a professional stint in Ramat Hasharon, Israel. Find her online at

We Discuss:

  • How thin privilege influenced Lindsay’s relationship with food as a child

  • The role of economic privilege in people’s relationship with food

  • Food scarcity in diet culture and eating disorders

  • Binge eating and disordered eating in low-income populations

  • Why healthcare providers should stop assuming that people have limited knowledge around food and body

  • How playing basketball influenced Lindsay’s relationship with food and body

  • Disordered eating among athletes

  • How her relationship with food changed as she went from being a collegiate to professional athlete

  • The ways in which studying counseling helped Lindsay learn more about herself

  • Why Health at Every Size® is not a specialty area and should be widely understood by healthcare providers

  • How working in the eating-disorders field made Lindsay realize that eating disorders are less of a pathology and more of a reaction to diet culture

  • How Lindsay was introduced to Health at Every Size 

  • How Lindsay’s growth as a Health at Every Size provider in private practice changed over time

  • Why Lindsay’s clarity around her approach strengthened her relationships with her clients


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Listener Question of the Week

Do people without celiac disease ever need to go gluten-free? Can elimination diets potentially lead to disordered eating? What are the conditions where people need to avoid wheat and gluten? What are the nocebo and placebo effects? What is the role of disordered eating in food sensitivities? How are elimination diets related to diet culture? How does diet culture show up in complementary and alternative medicine? What does the research say about non-celiac gluten sensitivity?

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