How Science Helped Me Cope with the ‘Fat Tummy’ in Anorexia Recovery. 133

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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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. 6   Recently updated !

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, […]


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 […]

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Anorexia in people in larger bodies

The importance of recognizing Anorexia in people in larger bodies 2

  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. 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. […]

Mental Health

Podcast: Challenging intake guidelines — Dr Graham Redgrave 13

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 […]


Anorexia Recovery: Becoming Recovery-Body Proud 3

Last week I wrote about The New Body Problem in Anorexia recovery. Today I am writing about the other side: becoming recovery-body proud. Here is the paradox, before I started recovery, and even when I was supposedly at a “recovered” BMI,  the thought of being in a larger body petrified […]

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Anorexia treatment

Exercise Trackers, BMI, Obesity, and Anorexia Treatment

In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Courtney Simpson about the work that she is doing looking at fitness tracker use amoungst people with eating disorders. We cover a lot of topics in this podcast that was originally about fitness trackers and the number of people with Anoreixa who use […]


Anorexia Recovery: The New Body Problem 7

New Body Problem = the thoughts and feelings that arise when we move through physical change in Anorexia recovery. I got an email this week from a person in a state of despair because he has weight restored somewhat and doesn’t like his weight-restored body. Mostly his despair was due […]

Anorexia Recovery

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?

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 8

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” 13

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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dear dietitian

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 […]

Anorexia and exercise

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 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 […]

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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 10

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

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 […]