Hello. I’m happy you found my site.
This is a place where I write and podcast about eating disorders. I also sometimes digress and rant about diet culture — but that’s just because I dislike it, not because it is what caused my Anorexia. Eating disorders and diet culture have a relationship, but it is not as close and direct as one might think. They are more like cousins who see each other every once in a while at family gatherings.
If you come away from this site knowing one thing, I want you to understand this:
Eating disorders are genetically based mental illnesses.
They are not a choice. They are not “caused by society” (although they are complicated and aggravated by society in a very serious way). They are not caused my bed parents or a “need for control.”
The second thing I would like you to know:
Fat is a nutrient, and not a bad one.
Confused? Then read the blog and listen to the podcast. I explain this all.
A bit of background on me …
I grew up in Wiltshire, England, in an idyllic (yet rainy) village. Despite being a robust and confident teenager, I developed an eating disorder at age 17 and this devastating illness took pole position in my life until, at 26, I finally started my recovery. I successfully recovered from Anorexia Nervosa and the complicated matrix of obsessions and habitual eating disorder behaviors that came with it.
Now living in Boulder, Colorado, I live a blessed and pretty bloody incredible life free from my eating disorder. I work for a tech startup, am married to a wonderful chap, and do some writing sometimes too. In my spare time I advocate for proper understanding of eating disorders and am passionate about speaking openly about a subject that shamed me into silence and denial in the hope that I can inspire others to speak and be heard. My debut memoir Love Fat gives insight into eating disorders and my personal story.
Find me in the Tweetspace @Love_Fat_