The Story of My History with Disordered Eating (Part 1)

  Context In previous posts on eating disorders, I’ve often discussed the importance for those with an eating disorder to unpack and understand their personal story with food, fat and their body. Knowing what the rituals, phobias and obsessions surrounding food, fat and the body are communicating about individuals’ toxic relationship with self and how… Read More

Those with an Eating Disorder can Change their Story in their Own Words and on their Own Terms

  To change the story of life with an eating disorder to one without it is to acknowledge where those with an eating disorder started, ended up and where they are going by: a) Exploring the original role, meaning, ritual and value placed on food and the body in one’s family, community and friends as… Read More

Eating Disorders are Psychological and Emotional Crutches that Slowly Break People from the Inside Out

  Food is as essential to our well-being and survival as love, purpose and a sense of belonging, autonomy and self-worth. As children we are dependent on our primary caregivers to meet these needs however as adults it’s necessary to develop the capacity to satisfy such essentials ourselves. This is, so we don’t find ourselves… Read More

Why is an Eating Disorder often Personified as either ED, Rex, Ana, Mia… or Ursula?

  Although it is generally thought and is indeed so that teenage females suffer from eating disorders, this addiction can and does affect males as well as females of all ages, classes, ethnic groups, religions, vocations and sexual orientations. Many with an eating disorder and want to recover to describe their condition as something that… Read More

Eating Disorders have their Sufferers Hooked by Promises that can’t be kept.

  Eating disorders are the deadliest of mental illnesses and not expressions of vanity or desire for thinness gone too far. Eating disorders are the deadliest of mental illnesses and not expressions of vanity or desire for thinness gone too far. Unfortunately, this is what those with anorexia, anorexia bulimia and bulimia are vulnerable to… Read More

Eating Disorders are Stories of Great Pain, Self-Hate and Denial but they do not have to Remain This Way

  Hunger, Food and the Body are Symbolically Loaded with our Human History. Hunger, food and the body are symbolically loaded with our human history. So too is gender, place, culture, family and the person with an eating disorder’s specific formative experiences. While hunger, food and the body are simple in that each is necessary… Read More

Eating Disorders are ‘at the most Basic Level, a Bundle of Deadly Contradictions’

  Eating Disorders and Death Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. Those suffering from this condition often lose themselves to it long before they lose their lives. Like all addicts they become a slave to the rules and needs of what it is they are addicted to, mechanically passing through… Read More

‘Fighting’ Disordered Eating is Not Resolving the Core Problem

  Addictions remove us from the pain we find intolerable. They provide escape routes away from the conflicts and dilemmas we find unsolvable. When we cannot bear to be in our own skins, in our own bodies, where we experience both pain and the wonder of being human, our addictions can throw us into a… Read More

Eating Disorders are an Addiction that have Nothing and Everything to do with Food and the Body

Psychologist, Dr Anita Johnson discusses why ‘eating disorders have nothing and everything to do with food and the body’ in lectures, interviews and her book, Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling (2000). Since the early 1980’s, she has worked predominately with… Read More

How and Why the Heroes in Stories Helped me Overcome Childhood Complex Trauma

  The hero like the warrior is a figure of action, willpower, courage and purpose. S/he lives by his/her core values. The actions of a warrior are aligned with his/her higher self and what s/he stands for regardless of opposition, rejection, failure, judgement and setbacks. In Dan Millman’s creative non-fiction novel, ‘Way of the Peaceful… Read More