The Hungry Girl Podcast
Episode 27: Myth Busting - Fitness Models

Episode 27: Myth Busting - Fitness Models

December 31, 2020

This episode examines some common misconceptions regarding fitness models. It is based on my personal experiences of being a bikini and fitness model competitor; and working as a fitness model for stage bikini and gym clothing brands. This is the inside scoop on what it takes to be a fitness model, and how it’s not always what it seems….

Episode 26: Male Bodybuilding (3) - Disorderly Eating & Eating Disorders

Episode 26: Male Bodybuilding (3) - Disorderly Eating & Eating Disorders

December 8, 2020

This is the 3rd episode examining body image and disorderly eating in male body builders. In parts 1 and 2, I discussed how rising sociocultural pressures to adopt a lean muscular physique has led to an increase in a body dysmorphia subtype known as muscle dysmorphia; and how men who suffer from this condition perceive themselves to have insufficient muscle mass. In this episode, I will explore another aspect of MD, which is a pathological preoccupation with leanness; and thereby explain how MD is related to disorderly eating and eating disorders.

Episode 25: Male Bodybuilding (2) - Muscle Dysmorphia: Cause & Treatment

Episode 25: Male Bodybuilding (2) - Muscle Dysmorphia: Cause & Treatment

December 1, 2020

This is part 2 of several episodes exploring body image distortion, specifically muscle dysmorphia, and disorderly eating in competitive male body builders. This episode looks at the causes of MD and current treatment options.

Episode 24: Male Bodybuilding (1) - What is Muscle Dysmorphia?

Episode 24: Male Bodybuilding (1) - What is Muscle Dysmorphia?

November 21, 2020

This is part 1 of several episodes that explore body image distortion, specifically muscle dysmorphia, and disorderly eating in competitive male body builders. In this episode I answer the question: what is muscle dysmorphia?

Episode 23: Myth Busting - Anorexia Recovery

Episode 23: Myth Busting - Anorexia Recovery

October 16, 2020

CW: calories, weight, anorexia. In this episode, I explore 5 myths surrounding anorexia recovery: 1. Weight restoration is the only marker of recovery; 2. You need a recovery food plan; 3. You can recover eating only ‘healthy’ foods; 4. You can recover on your own; 5. You will recover when you feel ready.

Episode 22: Freddie Flintoff - Men & Eating Disorders

Episode 22: Freddie Flintoff - Men & Eating Disorders

October 7, 2020

CW: bulimia, eating disorders. In the BBC One documentary ‘Living with Bulimia,’ former England Cricket Captain Freddie Flintoff gives a raw and honest account of his experiences with body dysmorphia, self-induced vomiting and compulsive exercise which began during his cricketing career when his weight came under scrutiny from the British media. This episode will discuss the issues regarding men and eating disorders that are raised in this documentary.

Episode 21: Is The Media Really To Blame For Eating Disorders?

Episode 21: Is The Media Really To Blame For Eating Disorders?

September 30, 2020

This episode explores the role of the media (particularly social media) in the development and maintenance of eating disorders. It delves into how exposure to images of ideal bodies via these platforms causes psychological symptomology, including body dissatisfaction. Problems with body image can subsequently lead to disorderly eating and pathological eating disorders.

Episode 20: Diets - The Old, The Strange & The Downright Dangerous

Episode 20: Diets - The Old, The Strange & The Downright Dangerous

September 19, 2020

CW: dieting methods, references to ‘obesity.’ Dieting as a means of intentional weight loss is not a new phenomena. Throughout history people have adopted bizarre methods of eating; and engaged in various strange and often dangerous practices in their quest to shed the pounds. From avoiding swamps to ingesting tapeworms, this episode explores 7 old, strange and downright dangerous diets.

Episode 19: Why Purging is Not a Good Idea

Episode 19: Why Purging is Not a Good Idea

September 12, 2020

CW: details of purging behaviours. This episode outlines 3 commonly used methods of purging: self-induced vomiting; misuse of laxatives; and excessive exercise, and their damaging physiological consequences.

Episode 18: Hunger - Friend or Foe?

Episode 18: Hunger - Friend or Foe?

September 5, 2020

CW: This episode contains details of eating disordered behaviours. This episode discusses hunger: its biology; how it manifests in ‘normal’ eaters; why it is elevated in people who diet; or who suffer from restrictive eating disorders; and how we can learn to reconnect with our appetites and accept hunger as our friend, rather than our foe. 

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