Eating Disorder Treatment


Energy Deficit | Energy Debt | Target Weights | Weight vs State Restoration [Podcast] 9

  Just me in this podcast! Responding to questions that I get frequently around Anorexia recovery and weight restoration. How to know when you are really weight restored? Let me tell you it is not something that you can calculate via a math equation or estimate via looking on a […]


Slack group question answers: If you’ve had treatment for your ED, what do you find has been most helpful? 1

This week I was totally swamped and also finished the first draft of my next book (a complete recovery guide for adults with Anorexia). It’s over 100,000 words and my head is swimming. I’m cheating this week by not writing a blog and instead — with the permission of the […]


Eating Disorders and PTSD [Podcast]

    Tabitha Farrar talks to writer, speaker, and songwriter Jenni Schaefer about her recovery from Anorexia, and subsequent experiences with PTSD. In this podcast we talk about: Hope and ACTION in eating disorder recovery Motivation to recover Trauma and PTSD Exercise and lower-level movement in eating disorders Recognising the […]

Eating Disorders and PTSD

Anorexia

You do not have to be thin to have Anorexia | You do not have to be thin to be underweight 6

All the horses in this picture are different sizes. All the horses in this picture are respected and thought of as beautiful.   On Sunday I published a podcast I recorded with the wonderful Rachel Millner on the topic of Anorexia and people in larger bodies. I was written a […]


The importance of recognizing Anorexia in people in larger bodies 3

  In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Dr. Rachel Millner about Anorexia and people in larger bodies. This podcast was inspired by an email from a mother of a patient who has Anorexia and is in a larger body. Topics discussed include: The dangers associated with energy deficit in […]

Anorexia in people in larger bodies

Mental Health

Mental health patients do not fail treatment. Treatment fails patients. 3

You did not fail treatment. Treatment failed you. I lose count of how many times I say this. I had to say it again yesterday to someone who was convinced that she could not make a full recovery because she had been in and out of treatment so many times. […]


Podcast: Challenging intake guidelines — Dr Graham Redgrave 15

Tabitha Farrar talks to Dr Graham Redgrave about the research done at Johns Hopkins looking into higher weights and a faster rate of refeeding patients with Anorexia in an inpatient hospital setting. The conversation includes: Refeeding intakes, traditional expectations versus new developements Problems with low target weights Relapse prevention programs […]


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 […]


The trouble with target weights in Anorexia recovery: Living paycheck to paycheck 4

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

Anorexia Recovery: Why is it that treatment seems to serve my eating disorder better than it serves my recovery?

Anorexia Recovery: Why is it that treatment seems to serve my eating disorder better than it serves my recovery? 7

I don’t expect everyone to read this and agree with it. The TL;DR is that I believe that there is a fear that infests many eating disorder treatment approaches and this leads to inadequate intake prescriptions and target weights that do not serve individuals in recovery.  Please read the whole post […]


Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2017 Roundup 1

Phew. That was a busy week. In case you missed them, here is a recap on the podcasts and other projects we put out there this week. I’ve listed the podcasts out below. I think that the most exciting thing that came out of this week for me personally were […]


Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food

[Video] It is okay to eat a lot of food in Anorexia recovery 10

I am excited to announce that this week we launched Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults (AEDRA) Meal Support Service. This is a worldwide service where any person can receive support at a mealtime to help overcome anxiety. We also have post meal support slots available for people who struggle […]


Just Launched: Online (Global) Meal Support Service for Eating Disorders 2

It doesn’t matter how you try and skirt around it, there is one truth that exists for every restrictive eating disorder (Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, EDNS etc): You have to treat an eating disorder with food first!  But for many of us eating is so hard! We get intense anxiety […]

online meal support

Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia

Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia 2

I am often told by eating disorder therapists and literature that I am a perfectionist. I am not a perfectionist. I was not a perfectionist before Anorexia. I was not a perfectionist during Anorexia. I am not a perfectionist now. If you don’t believe me, ask my husband (Who is, […]


Eating Disorder Recovery — A Matter of Life and … Half Life 4

Eating disorders are a matter of life and death. They can and do kill. Let’s not forget that. But they are also, for many, a matter of life and half life. I’m talking about the people for whom having an eating disorder turns from a year into a lifetime. The […]

A Matter of Life and ... Half Life

Meditation for Eating Disorders

Meditation for Eating Disorders — A Cynics Guide 3

It cracks me up that people assume I am a spiritual person because I meditate. I’m not. I don’t meditate because I am trying to be a good person either. I meditate because it helps me keep my shit together.  I’m a twice certified yoga instructor. I’ve taught hundreds of […]


Turn Post-Festivity Eating Disorder Stress into Recovery Motivation

First off, thank you for following and reading this blog. Something that started as a place for me to blow off steam now has over 5000 followers! Those of you who write to me, tweet to me, and reach out mean so much. When you share a post, you know […]

Eating Disorder Stress

Anosognosia and Eating Disorders

Anosognosia and Eating Disorders — When We Don’t Know We Are Sick 1

Anosognosia is pretty messed up — and it messed me up good and proper! It means “without knowledge” and refers to the lack of insight that a person suffering from a disease has about their condition. It explains why, even in an incredibly emaciated state, I was resistant to the […]


Christmas Day Eating Disorder Contract and Planning 1

Christmas day is nearly here. If you have an eating disorder, or you have one in your household, you know how stressful a time this can be. I’m sick of eating disorders ruining things. I bet you are too. Let’s plan not to allow it to ruin this Christmas! Preparation […]


Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders — A Kick Start, but Far From A Cure

Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders — A Kick Start. Not A Cure 3

I want to start with this: Inpatient treatment for eating disorders save lives. I often tell adults suffering from eating disorders who are underweight and struggling to re-feed themselves to seek inpatient treatment. It is the kick start to weight restoration that many people need. That said, the real work starts […]


Study Review; Minnesota Starvation Experiment 3

Key Points 1. Ironically, malnutrition makes a person not want to gain weight. The catch-22 is that once the person gains some weight, their brain starts functioning properly again and they then often are happy about gaining weight. A person with Anorexia who is underweight is not going to willingly […]