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 normal result of the body moving into starvation mode. When we start to eat in recovery, hunger signals can be all over the place! In this podcast, Tabitha Farrar gives some insight into hunger based on her own experience and also those of the people with whom she was worked.


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About Tabitha Farrar

I work as Head of Marketing for a software startup in Boulder. As a recovered Anorexia sufferer, I advocate for proper understanding of eating disorders in my spare time. On that note, I wrote a book about my own journey into eating again called Love Fat.

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5 thoughts on “Hunger in Anorexia Recovery

  • Lucy

    Hi Tabitha a great post! What happens if you are not underweight though? I am recovering from anorexia i am nearly at weight restoration and i am still starving! What do i do? X

  • Sharon Palmer

    Hi Tabitha,
    I have recently found your blog after a link from EDANZ here in New Zealand. Our daughter (now 19) was diagnosed at 15 with AN, and is still trying for recovery. I have found many aspects of your blog to be extremely helpful, and they have provoked tears more than once.

    I am wondering if you could do a blog on stomach pain and digestive issues as this is something our daughter often seems to have and it seems from comments that various guests of yours have made that this is not uncommon?

    Loving your work,


      • Sharon Palmer

        Thanks so much – I’m really looking forward to it.

        My daughter has listened to some of your podcasts too, and mentioned that the concept of the warm cosy room with a fire is how she feels at the moment. We live in hope that one day she will have the determination you show regards getting well.

        One other thing – the podcast on loneliness is not letting me listen – is there an issue with it or is it just me?!