Tabitha Farrar


Defining Mental Hunger 5

There is a podcast about mental hunger here if you prefer listening to reading: http://tabithafarrar.com/2017/10/defining-mental-hunger-important-anorexia-recovery-podcast/ What is mental hunger? Mental hunger is thinking about food. You might not even be thinking about eating food, but you may be thinking about food nonetheless. It can also be thinking about things that lead […]


Dear Doctor … [Podcast]   Recently updated !

  People with eating disorders, parents, and doctors share what they think doctors should know about eating disorders. Support this podcast via Patreon! You can support this podcast and ensure the continuation of it by pledging a patreon donation here: https://www.patreon.com/Eating_Disorder_Recovery_Podcast We want your feedback on these podcasts! Please take a […]


Before recovery vs. after recovery

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 […]

Before recovery vs. after recovery

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 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 as an evolved genetic response to famine

Shan Guisinger: Adapt to Flee Famine Perspective of Anorexia Evolution 3

  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 5

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

Anorexia

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 […]


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. […]

Mental Health

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 […]


Anorexia Recovery: The New Body Problem 9

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 […]


Stomach problems in Anorexia recovery 14

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

intuitive eating

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 […]


Anorexia and Exercise 2: The lower-level movement trap 7

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

Exercise and anorexia

Exercise and Anorexia: The Case for Cold Turkey 17

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 14

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 … 10

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. […]


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 […]


Anorexia recovery as an adult

Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: My body is not a calculator … and mental hunger counts! 19

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 […]


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? 9

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 […]


Anorexia: Mid-Recovery Clusterfuck (Charlie Foxtrot) 2

This post contains swear words. This is not an apology, I’m just letting you know. 😀 When I went through what I refer to now as my “Mid-Recovery Clusterfuck” I didn’t know what it was. I thought that — despite considering myself at the furthest end of the insanity scale […]

Anorexia: Mid-Recovery Clusterfuck (Charlie Foxtrot )

Scrapping the Anorexia Identity

Finding Recovery Motivation — Scrapping the Anorexia Identity 7

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 […]


Anorexia Recovery As An Adult: School Of Failure 5

I’m not someone who berates herself for not getting everything right. Contrary to popular belief about people with Anorexia, I am not a perfectionist, not Type A, and don’t really care if I get an A, B, or C so long as it is a pass. I don’t like failing […]