The Hungry Girl Podcast
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. 

Episode 17: Perfectionism, Eating Disorders & Fitness Competitors

Episode 17: Perfectionism, Eating Disorders & Fitness Competitors

August 30, 2020

The perfectionist mindset is extremely common amongst fitness competitors and in people with eating disorders. This episode discusses the ways in which perfectionism can have damaging consequences when directed towards manipulating the body; and how to overcome it.

Episode 16: The Shut Mouth & Forced Ingestion: Women’s Suffrage

Episode 16: The Shut Mouth & Forced Ingestion: Women’s Suffrage

August 26, 2020

In 1909, suffragettes embarked upon a hunger strike to gain political and social freedom. This episode explores the reasons behind their self-starvation; the horrors of the force-feeding they endured; and the emancipation that they were eventually granted.

Episode 15: Hanging Up The Bikini: Why I Quit Fitness Competitions

Episode 15: Hanging Up The Bikini: Why I Quit Fitness Competitions

August 18, 2020

In this episode, I draw back the curtain on the glamorous, aesthetics-driven world of physique competitions. Using my own experiences as a Pro Bikini Competitor, I examine how competing can lead to problems with body image and disorderly eating; and why I have hung up my stage bikini for good.

Episode 14: 10 Thoughts That Are Making You Binge & How To Change Them

Episode 14: 10 Thoughts That Are Making You Binge & How To Change Them

August 12, 2020

This episode discusses 10 thoughts that lead us to binge, and explores how we can change those thoughts to prevent future overeating.

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