Vaughn Darst (he/they) is a transgender nonbinary Registered Dietitian who specializes in treating eating disorders among under-served populations, including gender diverse teens and adults, high weight individuals, and neurodivergent youth. Vaughn received his MS in Nutrition from the USC, and his BA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, with a concentration in Transgender Studies, from Scripps College. Vaughn treats adolescents and adults with disordered eating at Center for Discovery and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He seeks to work collaboratively with clients to establish a nourishing relationship to food and their body. Vaughn is also a public speaker and educator, and his TEDx Talk, “In a World That is Wrong About Us,” addresses the unique concerns of clients for whom disordered eating manifests at the intersection of gender, fatness, food, and identity. Vaughn’s instragram @allgendernutrition centers the transgender community’s need for affirmative nutrition support and advocacy.
Transgender and Gender Diverse young people are estimated to experience disordered eating at 4-8 times the rate of their cisgender peers, and face unique challenges in accessing eating disorder treatment, body peace, and long term recovery. Eating disorder treatment has long held “body acceptance” and self-love as central goals of recovery, but unfortunately these concepts […]