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Meet Gloria Lucas of Nalgona Positivity Pride

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gloria Lucas.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Gloria. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
During my teen years and through my early 20’s, I struggled with an eating disorder. As a woman of color with a low-income background, I faced many obstacles with seeking support. It was very difficult for me to come to terms with my own struggle because I had no representation in media and my story was not heard within the eating disorders recovery world.

I had nothing to reflect my own struggle which made me isolate further. My loved ones around did not know how to help me because of the lack of eating disorders education and resources. Even seeking professional treatment was difficult and ultimately my recovery was something I had to do on my own. Experiencing these disparities was the driving force behind Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP).

I wanted to create a platform for people of color and indigenous peoples to share and hear our stories with food, body image, and social justice. When I started, I had no idea what I was creating because of I had no models to follow. Never did I think I would create a small business, travel internationally to speak, or that I would say I have a social media following of more than 100k.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been tough times along the way. Considering that I am doing a unique project, getting adequate guidance has been tough. I had no background in running a small business, and I am still learning.

Also, social media can be detrimental for someone’s health. Trying to balance running a project and your own personal life can be tricky.

Please tell us about Nalgona Positivity Pride.
Nalgona Positivity Pride is a Xicana-indigenous body-positive organization that provides intersectional eating disorders education and community-based support for people of color who are struggling with troubled eating and poor body-image.

NPP’s line of work focuses on uncovering the impacts of colonialism, social oppression, historical trauma and its role in impairing relationships indigenous-descent people have with food and body image.

NPP lectures, hosts events, hosts support groups and creates social media content as a way to reach out to and empower the individuals whose bodies are systematically at the margins of white/mainstream ‘body positivity’ movements.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the library with my siblings and then my father taking us to Krispy Kreme. I love Krispy Kreme.

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