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Marissa LaRocca is an award-winning writer, speaker, LGBTQ activist, and YouTube personality. Additionally, she is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, having received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Marissa is passionate about empowering young women and individuals who fall outside of the "status-quo" (freaks, geeks, queers, nonconformists, truth-seekers, highly sensitive people, and members of other marginalized groups) to journey into self-awareness, embrace their individuality, and challenge the social conventions they feel excluded by. She favors a straightforward, authentic approach, and strives to ignite thought-provoking conversations around topics that could be perceived as controversial or taboo.

Some topics Marissa has specialized in include: eating disorders, addiction, body image, gender identity, sexuality, social anxiety, and self-harm. She has been featured in Go Magazine, Elite Daily, and on Glam.com and Topic.com. Marissa is also a contributing educator for The Institute for Integrative Nutrition's upcoming Emotional Eating Course.

In her first book, Starving in Search of Me: A Coming-of-Age Story of Overcoming an Eating Disorder and Finding Self-Acceptance (Mango, 2018), Marissa takes readers on an intimate and introspective journey as she chronicles her quest to find her authentic self while battling anorexia and bulimia as a young adult.

Starving in Search of Me can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most major book retailers.