When ED is Your SuperPower.

Along with misidentifying food as a threat, there are several mood-modulating and hyperactive impacts to food avoidance for those with eating disorders that non-eating disordered people do not experience.

While the rest of the non-eating-disordered tribe was listlessly and fractiously lying around the dying fires feeling sorry for themselves that there was not enough food to eat, the eating disordered tribesmate was feeling ready to take on the world.

She went out foraging. She felt calm, a bit buzzed and most definitely clear-headed. If she managed to score food for the tribe, then the tribe (and its genes) survived.

Living Fat in Remission

The focus will NEVER be on THEIR BODIES as “the problem to be solved” across every demographic possible. Doesn’t matter what other point of difference you may have; if you are fat, YOUR BODY will be targeted.

Rewriting Weight Stigma

Research is very limited; it fails to acknowledge, or be concerned about, the high level of Diet Culture marketing, the persistent and insidious presentation of the Thin Ideal across most genres of advertising, along with white-bias, and the stigma associated with larger bodies – usually depicted in a manner designed to cause disgust, fear or shame.

We Need To Stop Conflating Weight with Remission. 

“When the focus is shifted from weight, it is possible to focus instead onto the behaviours that make up the “practice of remission”: these include learning to recognise and respond to hunger cues; normalising eating without restriction of any kind; abstaining from weight loss and /or management; acquiring non restriction or movement based strategies to modulate anxiety. At the same time, the body can be allowed to manage and modulate its own weight without intervention, while the person becomes increasingly confident about meeting their individual energy needs without fear. “

Fattistsplaining ….

If you are going to distance yourself from diet culture, then STOP PROMOTING FAT LOSS as a means of gaining health and wellbeing.

The Myth of Recovery Through Therapy

Children are dying; teenagers are dying; adults are dying. The ones who don’t die live in some half life, propped up erroneous attitudes about body weight, lurching from one crisis to another. Then there are the invisible ones; the ones who will never have babies; the ones who will never hold down a career that inspires them; the ones who will never manage to have a function relationship with an S.O. The ones who will deteriorate as they get to middle age, with health issues directly relating to a sustained history of sub-clinical starvation mounting up as the years go by. Not to mention the ones who will suffer premature onset of degenerative neurobiological disorders even as their bones crumble and their heart and other major organs start to falter. 

It’s What You Can’t See That Counts.

Remission is not about food, or about weight; it is not just about eating enough. It is not just about reaching any particular weight. ED is a complex mental health disorder, characterised by patterns of behaviour and response. Unless THESE are addressed, ED lurks beneath the surface and runs our lives.

The Nutritional Science Minefield

We need nutritional science to get alongside ED sufferers, and look for ways to support ad libitum feeding, to facilitate the adding and increasing of intake, and – this is really important – to support them medically when biomarkers go awry, as they are wont to do in recovery, WITHOUT promoting any form of restriction.

Hey, Fat Person

“Hi, I am a complete stranger. I don’t know you, or anything about you. I am however, a fatphobe, and I have a solid sense of my own superiority over other people that enables me to judge them on their appearance. I can tell you, based on my completely biased and inward facing bigotry, without…