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How Science Helped Me Cope with the ‘Fat Tummy’ in Anorexia Recovery. 137

My Experience; When I had anorexia, I did not suffer from body dysmorphia, so I was acutely aware of how thin I looked and unattractive it was. I know that this is not the case for all sufferers, but I think that regardless, many will find this account useful for […]

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Dr G: Hormones (and how eating disorders affect them!)

In this podcast Tabitha talks to Dr Jennifer Gaudiani from the Gaudiani Clinic in Denver about the important and interesting topic of hormones and how they are affected by restrictive eating disorders. Topics covered include: How malnutrition affects the endocrine system How nutritional rehabilitation affects the endocrine system The thyroid, […]


Defining Mental Hunger 5

There is a podcast about mental hunger here if you prefer listening to reading: http://tabithafarrar.com/2017/10/defining-mental-hunger-important-anorexia-recovery-podcast/ What is mental hunger? Mental hunger is thinking about food. You might not even be thinking about eating food, but you may be thinking about food nonetheless. It can also be thinking about things that lead […]


Dear Doctor … [Podcast]   Recently updated !

  People with eating disorders, parents, and doctors share what they think doctors should know about eating disorders. Support this podcast via Patreon! You can support this podcast and ensure the continuation of it by pledging a patreon donation here: https://www.patreon.com/Eating_Disorder_Recovery_Podcast We want your feedback on these podcasts! Please take a […]


A note for yoga instructors, about eating disorders 1

I sometimes do talks at yoga studios to yoga instructors and studio managers on what eating disorders are, and what they should do if they suspect a person who frequents their class has an eating disorder. This is incredibly important, as more than 20% of the population have eating disorders, […]


A couple of recent podcasts …

  I’m skiving off publishing a podcast this week because I am on holiday with family in England. We were in Manchester for my sister-in-laws wedding last week, and now are down in Wiltshire staying with my parents in a tiny village. I’ve basically spent the last couple of days […]


Ask Dr G: Eating Disorders and Metabolism [Podcast] 6

In this podcast, Tabitha talks to Dr Gaudiani on the topic of metabolism in relation to anorexia and other restrictive eating disorders. We talk about: How the metabolism works How restriction affects the metabolism Mental hunger Physical hunger How to eat in recovery to boost your metabolism About The Gaudiani […]


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Defining Mental Hunger And Why It Is Important In Anorexia Recovery [Podcast] 9

In this Podcast Tabitha talks about mental hunger. We look at: – What mental hunger is – What mental hunger represents – Why responding to mental hunger is important – Why physical hunger cues are not reliable in Anorexia recovery – How mental hunger will naturally reduce during the refeeding […]


Male vs Female Treatment Experiences in Eating Disorder Treatment

  In this podcast Tabitha talks to Philipa Hay about recent research that looked into male autobiographies of eating disorders and recovery experiences. Link to the full research paper –> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5485468/ Study Abstract Eating disorders are increasingly recognized as a problem for men but help-seeking is low and little is known […]


Before recovery vs. after recovery

In this podcast Tabitha answers questions about life before recovery versus life after recovery from Anorexia. Topics covered include: – Dining out – Social life – Feeling cold – Eating with others Support this podcast via Patreon! You can support this podcast and ensure the continuation of it by pledging […]

Before recovery vs. after recovery

Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: Teenage Brat Syndrome 3

Me before Matt is home from work: I miss Matt. Hope he gets home soon. He’s so lovely.  Matt: “Hey Babe, how was your day?” Me: OMG why are you always asking me questions. Can’t you just leave me alone! I wasn’t much of a teenage brat when I was […]


Defining Restriction. Defining Unrestricted Eating

  In this podcast, Tabitha talks about restriction, and unrestricted eating. Restrictive eating disorders such as Anorexia are often misrepresented as total restriction and not eating. This is often not the case. Many people with Anorexia can eat seemingly “normal” amounts of food and still be operating under rules of […]


Anorexia Made Me Tell Pork Pies

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To my US friends, “pork pies” is rhyming slang for “lies.” (Pork pies are also these delicious little meat filled shortcrust pastry pies, which incidentally I refused to eat when I had Anorexia. Sod’s law that now I am recovered and would like to eat pork pies I live in […]


Dr Jennifer Gaudiani: Tummy Troubles in Eating Disorder Recovery 7

  Tabitha talks to Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani about all things gastrointestinal in eating disorder recovery! We talk about bowel movements, irritable bowel syndrome, delayed gastric emptying, and so much more! In the podcast Dr Guadiani mentioned the following medications for SIBO: Atrantil FC Cidal Dysbiocide   Medical Minute Videos:  Gastroparesis: https://youtu.be/ANke8zW_Uu8 […]


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Eating Disorder Science: Variants in neuropeptide signaling are associated with disordered eating behaviors

  In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Micheal Lutter about the recently published paper titled: Novel and ultra-rare damaging variants in neuropeptide signaling are associated with disordered eating behaviors   From the paper: Abstract Objective Eating disorders develop through a combination of genetic vulnerability and environmental stress, however the […]


Anorexia Fears: Using Migration Science to Explain Fear of Eating and Weight Gain

This week I speak to Shan Guisinger again, and this time we are talking specifically about fear in Anorexia. Fear of weight gain. Fear of eating more. How could a fear this great have possibly had an evolutionary advantage? Find out!   Support this podcast via Patreon! You can support […]


Anorexia and Kleptomania

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klep·to·ma·ni·a noun a recurrent urge to steal, typically without regard for need or profit. This is a hard post to have to write. It’s important as shame is a present enough feeling for a person in recovery from Anorexia as it is — thinking that you are a monster because […]


Shan Guisinger: Adapt to Flee Famine Perspective of Anorexia Evolution 4

  In this podcast we talk about the Adapt to Flee Famine Perspective of Anorexia evolution with Shan Guisinger. The Adapt to Flee Famine Perspective puts forward convincing evidence for the case that Anorexia is an evolved genetic response to times of famine. A migratory response that makes people with […]

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Anorexia Recovery, Weight Restoration and Energy Debt

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I published a podcast this week titled, Energy Deficit | Energy Debt | Target Weights | Weight vs State Restoration, and I will explain Energy Debt in detail in this post. Energy Debt: The accumulation of the effects of long-term energy deficit such as lack of bodily repair and maintenance […]