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How Science Helped Me Cope with the ‘Fat Tummy’ in Anorexia Recovery. 128   Recently updated !

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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How ARFID differs from AN/BN — science of picky eating 1

  Tabitha Farrar talks to Hana Zickgraf about a recently published research paper titled: Adult picky eaters with symptoms of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: comparable distress and comorbidity but different eating behaviors compared to those with disordered eating symptoms Link to orginal study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5086050/ Study summary Picky eaters are people who […]


Do you need talk therapy in order to recover from Anorexia?   Recently updated !

The short answer here is “No.” You do not need talk therapy in order to reach full remission from Anorexia. However, you might want it, in which case you should have it. Before we get into it, remember that weight restoration is one step in recovery, and re-wiring mental processes is another. […]

Do you need talk therapy in order to weight restore from Anorexia?

Won’t stop or can’t stop? Science explaining habitual nature of Anorexia [Podcast]

  In this podcast, Tabitha Farrar talks to researcher Kathryn Coniglio about the latest study exploring the habitual aspects of Anorexia Nervosa. In the paper titled, Won’t stop or can’t stop? Food restriction as a habitual behavior among individuals with anorexia nervosa or atypical anorexia nervosa, the intent behind restrictive behaviours […]


Stomach problems in Anorexia recovery 5   Recently updated !

As if recovery wasn’t already difficult enough from a mental standpoint, there are often physical discomforts too! This blog post is about stomach in Anorexia recovery. Reading this blog post will not make your tummy feel better, but it may provide you with some knowledge that will make you feel […]

Stomach problems in Anorexia recovery

Eating disorder recovery and pregnancy

Eating disorder recovery and pregnancy [Podcast]

Tabitha Farrar talks to Brooke Mills about pregnancy in the years after recovering from an eating disorder. We talk specifically about the effects of Bulimia behaviors on pregnancy, and the importance of establishing a solid recovery before getting pregnant. Morning sickness and bulimia triggers Sustaining recovery throughout pregnancy Problems that […]


Anorexia Recovery: The problem with “intuitive eating” 12

I’ll preface this blog post with this: this post is about intuitive eating and Anorexia recovery. If you don’t have Anorexia, go ahead and do all the intuitive eating that your intuition asks you to do —this post is not about you. I agree that intuitive eating may be a […]

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Podcast: Dear Dietitian … what we want you to know about Anorexia

In this podcast we hear from adults with Anorexia, parents of people with Anorexia, and dietitians treating adults and children with Anorexia about their experiences with dietitians in the field of eating disorders. This podcast is a mixture of Tabitha Farrar reading out notes sent in from listeners, and audio […]


Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa

Cynthia Bulik: Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa

  In this podcast, Tabitha Farrar talks to professor Cynthia Bulik about the research underpinning the genetic locus for Anorexia Nervosa. In this podcast we discuss: Past and present research on the genetics behind Anorexia Nervosa and other eating disorders Implications for treatment Anorexia Nervosa and OCD links History of […]


Anorexia and Exercise 2: The lower-level movement trap 6

I wrote about Anorexia and exercise last week and the case for cold turkey. This post is the follow up to that and it addresses lower-level, movement. If you read the last post and thought “well that doesn’t apply to me because I don’t exercise excessively,” this post is for […]

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Hunger in Anorexia

Hunger in Anorexia Recovery

  Hunger is a fascinating and crucial topic in Anorexia recovery. Navigating hunger can be difficult when hunger signals are either nonexistent, sporadic, or unrelenting. At times of under-nutrition, most people with restrictive eating disorders such as Anorexia experience a vast reduction in hunger cues — this is a very […]


Exercise and Anorexia: The Case for Cold Turkey 14

Dr: “Are you eating?” Me: “Yes” Dr: “Hmm … Well. you are still very underweight, so maybe try eating a bit more?” Me: “Sure, I’ll try that.” What my Dr never asked me about was the extent that I was exercising. I was eating, but that was on the condition […]

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Nutritional Advice

Julie Duffy Dillon on Fat Positive Attitudes to Nutritional Advice

Tabitha talks to registered dietician Julie Duffy Dillon about: Why a fat positive approach is needed Eating disorder prevention Food is not on a dichotomy of good and bad Education and research on fat positive approaches The problem with people with eating disorders becoming nutritional advisors The canary in the […]


Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: Letting go of nutritional science 9

I have a nutrition qualification, but I don’t use it. In fact, what I was taught about nutrition on that course set me back a good couple of years in recovery. I was taught that fat was bad, calories should be minimized, meals should be planned as to balance macronutrients, and […]

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HAES and Community Power

Carmen Cool on HAES and Community Power

In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to psychotherapist Carmen Cool about the origins and evolution of Health at Every Size and the power of community when it comes to eating disorder recovery. Carman Cool’s Website: http://www.carmencool.com   We want your feedback on these podcasts! Please take a second to fill out […]


Anorexia is a Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder and should be treated as such … 7

While it may be broadly understood that effective knowledge, diagnostics, treatment and resources for eating disorders are lacking, I think that until certain parts of this system are conceptually overhauled we will continue to only see change and improvements happen slowly, and on the fringe rather than in the mainstream treatment model. […]

Anorexia is a Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder

Anorexia recovery and food rules

Anorexia recovery and food rules: Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better 6

Anorexia: You can’t have that bagel for lunch. That would be a breach of Rule #382 Me: Rule #382? Anorexia: Yes, rule #382: Bagel for breakfast cannot be followed by bagel for lunch. Rule #382 Me: Since when did that rule exist? That wasn’t there before. Anorexia: You weren’t eating […]


Family Based Treatment for Adults and Problems of Fat Phobia in Eating Disorder Treatment

In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Rachel Millner — psychotherapist about: How to manage recovery in a society where there is a large amount of body discontent. How to apply Family Based Treatment to adults in recovery from eating disorders. The pros and cons of people in recovery helping […]

Family Based Treatment for Adults and Problems of Fat Phobia in Eating Disorder Treatment

: Maudsley, Adults with Eating Disorders, and Community

Professor Janet Treasure: Maudsley, Adults with Eating Disorders, and Community

In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Professor Janet Treasure about: The Maudsley approach to treating eating disorders with family support and how this has progressed over the years 35+ years of eating disorder treatment and research The power of community support for adults with eating disorders and caregivers/spouses/family of […]


Adults in Recovery Workshop Coming Up!

Not a usual post from me.  I just want to tell you about the upcoming Boulder, Colorado workshop I am offering May 20-12. Actually first of all I want to tell you about a free ED-ucation on Eating Disorders Seminar that I am presenting at in Canada next week. I […]


Anorexia recovery as an adult

Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: My body is not a calculator … and mental hunger counts! 11

When we start trying to control weight, food intake, and energy balance artificially we are messing with a system what we know too little about. Nutritional science is too immature to really know how and when the body uses energy and for what. In recovery from Anorexia as an adult […]


Audrey Boss: Beyond Chocolate

Tabitha Farrar talks to Audrey Boss from the UK’s leading non-diet community Beyond Chocolate. We talk about the history behind Beyond Chocolate’s no diet approach to health and happiness, the power of community when swimming against mainstream food and diet conceptions, and the choices that we make about our bodies. […]

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Anorexia Recovery: What about when I am not hungry?

Anorexia Recovery: What about when I am not hungry? 5

I got the below email and decided that I would answer it in blog post because I think that these are questions that many adults in Anorexia recovery will have from time to time. Other than removing the writer’s name I have posted the email in it’s entirety. My responses […]


The trouble with target weights in Anorexia recovery: Living paycheck to paycheck 3

There are certainly problems that arise with “target weights” in Anorexia recovery. The biggest, overarching theme is that they are set too low. I wrote about this in length in this post titled Anorexia Recovery: Why is it that treatment seems to serve my eating disorder better than it serves my […]

Living paycheck to paycheck