The Hungry Girl Podcast
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.

Episode 13: Why Diets Don’t Work

Episode 13: Why Diets Don’t Work

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.

Episode 12: The Cult of Fitfam

Episode 12: The Cult of Fitfam

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.’

Episode 11: How Diets Lead To Eating Disorders: Fitness Competitions & The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

Episode 11: How Diets Lead To Eating Disorders: Fitness Competitions & The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

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.

Episode 10: Is Your Body An Object?

Episode 10: Is Your Body An Object?

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.

Episode 9: The Hourglass Body

Episode 9: The Hourglass Body

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

Episode 8: It’s Not Just Us! A Brief History Of Restrictive Eating

Episode 8: It’s Not Just Us! A Brief History Of Restrictive Eating

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

Episode 7: Paying To Be Perfect

Episode 7: Paying To Be Perfect

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

Episode 6: Why Women? Theories Of Anorexia

Episode 6: Why Women? Theories Of Anorexia

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.

Enjoy! Victoria

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