August 5, 2020
This episode explains the reasons why diets don’t work in the long term. Ironically, weight loss methods can actually cause us to gain weight.
July 28, 2020
This episode explores how the concept of the bikini body ideal leads to a single-minded pursuit that resembles the behaviour and mindset of a religious cult. Competition preparation involves ritualistic patterns of disorderly eating, rules, methods of reward and punishment, and isolation from those outside the fitness community. This community is known as ‘fitfam.’
July 21, 2020
In this episode, I outline the way in which dieting can cause eating disorders. I compare the symptoms experienced by the men who took part in the 1944 Minnesota Starvation Experiment to my own experience of extreme calorie restriction when preparing for fitness competitions and how this extreme diet triggered my most recent relapse into anorexia.
July 15, 2020
This episode explores objectification of the female body. Using the example of Physique Competitions, I discuss the ways in which women are reduced to, and judged in terms of, their physical appearance.
July 9, 2020
This episode discusses our cultural fascination with the hourglass body: it’s importance as a biological and social signifier; and how this shape has been used to keep women restrained and powerless. Thank you for listening! Victoria
July 4, 2020
This episode outlines the ways in which self-starvation has occurred throughout history, from the fasting Saints of the Middle Ages, to the chlorotic young ladies of the Nineteenth Century. I hope you enjoy! Victoria
June 30, 2020
This episode focuses on the underlying social constructions of the ideal body; and how this ideal is prescribed for the purposes of capitalist gain and the maintenance of patriarchal power. Enjoy! Victoria
June 26, 2020
In this episode, I explore why women are more prone to developing anorexia nervosa by delving a little deeper into the political and social aspects of self-starvation.
June 22, 2020
This episode discusses body image: what it is, how it can become distorted, and the consequences of not being able to see ourselves as we really are.
Thank you for tuning in! Victoria
June 20, 2020
In this episode, I discuss the various ways in which we monitor our food and bodies; and the potential harm caused by these practices. Enjoy! Victoria