Schuyler Bailar: I Survived An Eating Disorder & So Can You
Recognize that eating disorders are not about one’s body: Eating disorders are a way of coping with internal pain and although folks with eating disorders can often seem hyper-focused on their bodies and food, there is usually an underlying internal issue that the person has to discover and heal from.
As part of my interview series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Schuyler Bailar. Schuyler is the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA D1 men’s team, and the only to have competed for all four years. He is an internationally celebrated inspirational speaker and a respected advocate for inclusion, body positivity, and mental health awareness.
Schuyler graduated from Harvard College in May 2019 with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology. His studies focused on social-emotional learning, emotional intelligence, and education. He is a tireless advocate for inclusion through speaking engagements and social media. Schuyler also holds ongoing advisory roles with Monte Nido & Affiliates (the leading eating disorder treatment provider), Plume Healthcare (the first trans-specific healthcare provider), and American Eagle Outfitters (the AExME advisory council) and is a research assistant at Harvard University.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself and what you do professionally?
My name is Schuyler Bailar and I use he/him pronouns. I am a gender inclusivity advocate, author, life coach, speaker, and DEI consultant. In 2019, I graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology. When I started at Harvard in 2015, I became the first transgender athlete to compete on a D1 men’s team in the NCAA in any sport. Since then, I have been passionate about transgender inclusion, body positivity, and mental health awareness.
Thank you for your bravery and strength in being so open with us. I personally understand how hard this is. Are you able to tell our readers the story of how you struggled with…