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Designing the Future of Culturally Sensitive Wellbeing by Tahira Resalat

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1hr 5mins

How can we design for wellbeing support through a culturally sensitive lens? This talk delves into the journey of a designer, drawing on personal experiences rooted in her South Asian background, as she addresses a critical gap in the healthcare industry by incorporating cultural sensitivity to tackle eating disorders.

Date and time:

Tuesday, 14 November 15:30-16:35 GMT, 10:30-11:25 EST, 7:30-8:25 PST

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Registration opens: 9 October

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Date and time:

Tuesday, 14 November 15:30-16:35 GMT, 10:30-11:25 EST, 7:30-8:25 PST

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In a world where eating disorders are increasingly prevalent and culturally sensitive support remains scarce, it is crucial to explore innovative solutions that address the spectrum of food anxiety behaviours. This talk delves into the power of culturally sensitive wellbeing approaches that aim to de-medicalise eating disorders, increase awareness, and foster supportive conversations.

One demographic particularly vulnerable to eating disorders is the South Asian immigrant community, yet formal healthcare systems often lack targeted support for their socio-cultural issues. This talk emphasises the urgent need to bridge this gap and presents a design solution that addresses this challenge.

Amidst the isolating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pervasive messaging from the billion-dollar beauty industry, healthcare systems like the NHS are witnessing a surge in eating disorder admissions. However, under-resourced systems result in frustratingly long wait times for those seeking help. Cultural sensitivity becomes an even greater challenge in this context.

By implementing early intervention techniques that target food anxiety as a precursor to eating disorders, we can make significant progress in prevention. This talk explores the intersection of clinical psychology, nutrition, sensory science, and design to deliver an inclusive and empowering solution.

Drawing from my own personal experience with an eating disorder as well as working alongside experts, clinical psychologists, recovery patients, and community organisations, this talk will highlight the importance of human-centred design and its role in placing users at the core of solutions. Through collaborative efforts and workshops, insights from the South Asian community are incorporated, ensuring the development of features that address their specific needs and challenges. It highlights the importance of forging partnerships with healthcare institutions, eating disorder charities, and mental health organisations to drive change and create a future where eating disorders are no longer prevalent.

Tahira Resalat in front of a purple background, wearing a t-shirt with the Mettle Studio logo

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In a world where eating disorders are increasingly prevalent and culturally sensitive support remains scarce, it is crucial to explore innovative solutions that address the spectrum of food anxiety behaviours. This talk delves into the power of culturally sensitive wellbeing approaches that aim to de-medicalise eating disorders, increase awareness, and foster supportive conversations.

One demographic particularly vulnerable to eating disorders is the South Asian immigrant community, yet formal healthcare systems often lack targeted support for their socio-cultural issues. This talk emphasises the urgent need to bridge this gap and presents a design solution that addresses this challenge.

Amidst the isolating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pervasive messaging from the billion-dollar beauty industry, healthcare systems like the NHS are witnessing a surge in eating disorder admissions. However, under-resourced systems result in frustratingly long wait times for those seeking help. Cultural sensitivity becomes an even greater challenge in this context.

By implementing early intervention techniques that target food anxiety as a precursor to eating disorders, we can make significant progress in prevention. This talk explores the intersection of clinical psychology, nutrition, sensory science, and design to deliver an inclusive and empowering solution.

Drawing from my own personal experience with an eating disorder as well as working alongside experts, clinical psychologists, recovery patients, and community organisations, this talk will highlight the importance of human-centred design and its role in placing users at the core of solutions. Through collaborative efforts and workshops, insights from the South Asian community are incorporated, ensuring the development of features that address their specific needs and challenges. It highlights the importance of forging partnerships with healthcare institutions, eating disorder charities, and mental health organisations to drive change and create a future where eating disorders are no longer prevalent.

Tahira Resalat (she/her)

Tahira Resalat (she/her) is a UI/UX designer. Tahira brings her engineering background to complex design challenges, providing her team with technically complete and creative solutions. A champion for inclusive design, she is confident in making sure marginalised voices are part of the conversation.

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