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Reclaiming the Black Body

Reclaiming the Black Body

Nourishing the Home Within (Pre-Order, Jan 14 2025)

Alishia McCullough
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An essential exploration of the overlooked impact of disordered eating among Black women--and a prescriptive road map to returning to peace and wholeness within our bodies, from the clinical therapist who founded Black and Embodied Counseling and Consulting PLLC


Food has always been a political tool for the oppressor. And the body, especially the Black body, has always been one of its many battlegrounds.

Licensed mental health therapist, somatic healer, and eating disorder specialist Alishia McCullough understands that for far too many Black women, the myriad effects of racial trauma have disrupted their most essential relationship: the one they have with their bodies--and by extension, with their food. African Americans are disproportionately impacted by disordered eating behaviors, yet their experiences are frequently overlooked by doctors and mental health experts. As a result, entire communities--our most vulnerable communities--are forced to navigate systems that are already primed to dismiss their needs, leaving them without proper care, or often even the language they need to identify what's wrong.

McCullough's groundbreaking work radically validates the lived experiences and generational traumas of BIPOC communities. As part of a steadily growing movement among clinicians to "decolonize therapy," McCullough rejects the patriarchal, white supremacist mindset that has dominated the field, and instead embraces a more integrated approach that seeks to understand disordered eating patterns by examining the psychological wounds left by centuries of racism.

Weaving together crucial history, compelling client stories, guided practice, and McCullough's own experiences with disordered eating behaviors, Reclaiming the Black Body is a revealing, potentially life-saving book that illuminates the way home, back to the safety and comfort found within our bodies.


Alishia McCullough (she/her) is a licensed clinical mental health therapist and founder of Black and Embodied Counseling and Consulting PLLC. She specializes in somatic therapy, trauma healing, and eating disorder treatment with a focus on cultivating embodiment and fostering liberation. Alishia also runs the self-paced online course Reimagining Eating Disorders 101.


  • Publisher: Dial Press
  • Publish Date: January 14, 2025
  • Pages: 352
  • Dimensions: 1.25 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9780593447482
  • BISAC Categories: Healing - General, Eating Disorders & Body Image, Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
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