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