ATEC - Episode 65: Conquering A 20-Year Eating Disorder ft. Alli Spotts-De Lazzer

Episode 65: Conquering A 20-Year Eating Disorder featuring Alli Spotts-De Lazzer

At a young age, Alli Spotts-De Lazzer learned about the connection between food and body weight and was only 9 years old when she started dieting. For most of her life, she equated weight with purpose and worth and fought to overpower her body’s instinct to get the nutrition it needed to keep her healthy. After battling anorexia nervosa and avoiding treatment for years she finally reached the point where she wanted to be held accountable for her actions. She decided to share her experience with a therapist and begin to heal her relationship with weight and food. And when she did she was able to see her body and all bodies as a vessel to carry our mind, organs, and everything else that makes people who they are.


Now, Alli is a licensed professional clinical counselor, LMFT, and a certified eating disorder specialist. She helps others overcome their battle around eating disorders and hopes that her new book, MeaningFULL: 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, & Body Image Issues which tells not only her own story of recovery, but also the stories of others. It’s Alli’s hope that these accounts will encourage body acceptance and positivity and create a new dialogue about what good health means.

Alli Spotts-De Lazzer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, and a person on the other side of her own decades-long struggle with food-and-body-image battles. Alli has a private practice in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. She has presented workshops at conferences, graduate schools, and hospitals; published articles in academic journals and trade magazines; and authored the book, MeaningFULL: 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, and Body Image Issues. A believer in both advocacy and education through inspiration and fun, she created #ShakeIt for Self-Acceptance!®, a series of public events sparking conversations about self-acceptance motivating messages and flash mob dance. Also with a focus on uplifting messages, she regards MeaningFULL as a rare, feel-good book about dieting, weight, and body image issues.



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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