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.
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
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.
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
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