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….
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.