Tabitha Farrar


Shan Guisinger: Adapt to Flee Famine Perspective of Anorexia Evolution   Recently updated !

  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 […]

Anorexia as an evolved genetic response to famine

Anorexia Recovery, Weight Restoration and Energy Debt

Anorexia Recovery, Weight Restoration, and Energy Debt 4   Recently updated !

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 […]


I don’t care what Lily Collins or anyone else says, there is no “safe” way to lose weight if you have Anorexia. 7

I don’t care what Lily Collins or anyone else says, there is no “safe” way to lose weight if you have the genetic predisposition for Anorexia. I’m so over the whole saga about the NetFlix film “To The Bone,” but very much understand that some of you are still incredibly […]

I don't care what Lily Collins says, there is no "safe" way to lose weight if you have Anorexia.

Mental health

Going Sane — exposing malpractice in the mental health industry 1

  Lisa Sabey is the woman behind the documentary “Going Sane.” In this podcast we talk about: -Malpractice in the field of mental health -Lack of accounability and assessment -Low standards of care for patients -The importance of using evidence based therapy and evidence based practice -The importance of rapport, […]


Exercise and anorexia

Exercise and Anorexia: The Case for Cold Turkey 15

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 […]


Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: Letting go of nutritional science 12

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 […]

: The problems with nutritional science

Anorexia is a Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder

Anorexia is a Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder and should be treated as such … 8

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 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 […]

Anorexia recovery as an adult

Finding Recovery Motivation — Scrapping the Anorexia Identity 5

One of the questions I get asked the most by both sufferers and parents/partners of sufferers is; “how did you find the motivation to recover?” often followed closely by, “how do I find the motivation to recover?” or “how does he/she find the motivation to recover?” These are very important questions […]

Scrapping the Anorexia Identity

Eating Disorder Recovery and Family Life: Picky Eaters and Innocent triggers

Today I am going to look at a somewhat awkward but nonetheless important idea: the notion that the eating behaviours of children could in fact act as triggers or stumbling points for the a parent in recovery from a restrictive eating disorder such as Anorexia.   Picky eating? Interestingly, according […]


Anorexia Recovery Binges: You do NOT have Binge Eating Disorder! 14

When in recovery from a restrictive eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa or a subset of it, many of us experience something I like to refer to as “recovery binges.” This post is written from the point of view of a person who has recovered from Anorexia, but can be […]

Anorexia Recovery Binges: You don't have Binge Eating Disorder!

Negative Energy Balance or Energy Deficit in Anorexia

Negative Energy Balance or Energy Deficit in Anorexia 3

This post explains negative energy balance in eating disorders.   What is a negative energy balance (sometimes called energy deficit)? Anything that means that the energy you put out is greater than the energy you put in. The most common — although not only — cause of such an energy deficit […]


Help Your Partner Overcome an Eating Disorder (Full Guide) 1

This guide is designed to help partners/ friends/ parents of adult sufferers of eating disorders help that person recover. It is based on the principles of family based therapy and how to apply them to an adult with an eating disorder. Each chapter is accompanied with an audio file that […]

Help Your Partner Overcome an Eating Disorder

7 Tips for Getting a Person with an Eating Disorder to Eat with Eva Musby 1

  In this podcast you will hear my conversation with Eva Musby. We talk about her experience with family-based therapy (or family-based treatment) as a mother. We also go into the key points that Eva addresses in her book and give you Getting a Person with an Eating Disorder to Eat: […]


You are invited: I just created a Slack for us (aka forum) 3

Heya, This is a note rather than a blog post. Long story short I get a ton of emails from people in recovery and people helping others recover. I always reply and do my best to be a support but sometimes wish I didn’t have a full time job and […]


How Anorexia Affected My Personality (Introvert/Extrovert) 6

Anorexia affected my personality in many ways. Today I am going to focus on the introvert/extrovert aspect. First off: I pass no judgement whatsoever on the values associated with introversion and extroversion, None whatsoever. This post is nothing to do with saying one is better than the other. Both are […]


Eating Disorders and Money – Part Two 3

Last week I wrote about eating disorders and money for the first time. One thing the comments on Facebook and the post confirmed is that many people suffering from eating disorders also experience strange feelings/thoughts/ behaviours around money. In this post I’m going to highlight a few of the comments […]

Eating Disorders and Money

Anorexia and Money: Recovery meant I had to look at that relationship too! 10

What on earth has Anorexia got to do with money? More than you think. At least in my case. And, according to the comments and emails I get, I am not alone in having a very whacked relationship with money when I had an eating disorder.   Starting at the […]


Sustaining Eating Disorder Recovery — Conscious to Unconscious Competence 3

Last week I wrote about unconscious incompetence moving to conscious incompetence. Where that places you is knowing what you’re not great at. This week we’ll look into the next stages of eating disorder recovery so far as this model of competence goes. Check out last weeks post before you read […]


Conscious Incompetence in Adult Eating Disorder Recovery 1

“Conscious Incompetence” sounds like one of those whack psych terms that I am convinced psychologists make up so that they sound more scientific and complicated than they really are. Bear with me. All conscious incompetence really means is stuff you don’t know that you don’t know you don’t know. For […]


Taking Ownership of ED Recovery: Why it is my fault if I relapse and no excuses! 4

Taking what I call “extreme ownership” of my eating disorder recovery was an important step for me. As an adult with Anorexia, it was crucial for me to understand that the only person at fault if I relapse is ME. And to be crystal clear from the start, taking ownership […]


Recover from Anorexia

Podcast Episode on How to Overcome Fear of Food in Anorexia 8

I explained in the last podcast how I used information from the FEAST website on Family-Based Therapy to kick start my own inner mealtime matron. That was probably the single biggest initiative for me in my recovery — establishing that my eating disorder was not “me”, which let to being able […]


New Podcast Episode: How I used Family-Based Therapy in Anorexia Recovery

This is not the podcast, to get it, you have to go to the Podcast Episode Here.  If you subscribe in iTunes, you’ll get new podcast episodes each week as I publish them directly on your phone. Here is the intro: Last week I recorded a podcast with Dr. Lauren […]

Family-Based Therapy