How Science Helped Me Cope with the ‘Fat Tummy’ in Anorexia Recovery. 134

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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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

Before recovery vs. after recovery   Recently updated !

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 […]


Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: Teenage Brat Syndrome 2

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 2

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 […]

Anorexia Made Me Tell Pork Pies

Dr Jennifer Gaudiani: Tummy Troubles in Eating Disorder Recovery 6   Recently updated !

  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 […]


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 […]

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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 3

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 […]

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Anorexia as an evolved genetic response to famine

Shan Guisinger: Adapt to Flee Famine Perspective of Anorexia Evolution 1

  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 Recovery, Weight Restoration, and Energy Debt 4

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 […]

Anorexia Recovery, Weight Restoration and Energy Debt

Energy Deficit | Energy Debt | Target Weights | Weight vs State Restoration [Podcast] 10

  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

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 […]


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.

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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, […]


You do not have to be thin to have Anorexia | You do not have to be thin to be underweight 10

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 […]

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Anorexia in people in larger bodies

The importance of recognizing Anorexia in people in larger bodies 4

  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 […]


Mental health patients do not fail treatment. Treatment fails patients. 4

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. […]

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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 […]