The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast

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September 25, 2016  

Ruth Stuart Leach: Adult Eating Disorder Recovery Success After 44 Years


In this episode you will hear how adult eating disorder recovery success is possible no matter how long the sufferer has had an eating disorder. In my conversation with adult sufferer and Eating Disorder advocate Ruth Stuart-Leach. Ruth tells us how began her eating disorder recovery journey as an adult in her 50s and is now enjoying full recovery.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Eating disordered behaviour in families — we discuss the importance of family eating practices and recognising when the entire family has normalised a disordered eating regime such as fasting.
  • Importance of eating disorder forums and online resources for adults who are going through the recovery process.
  • Recognizing entrenched eating disorder behaviours in oneself and others
  • Men with eating disorders and how they often hide behind societies perception that eating disorders are a disease that affects women only
  • How eating disorders disguise themselves as rational behaviours and societal norms.
  • Letting go of obsessive control over food.
  • The way that the human brain responds to a calorie deficit.

Links to eating disorder recovery resources discussed in the podcast

Ruth’s blog:
Ruth’s twitter: – the first blog post Ruth mentioned – discusses the Hierarchy of Foods in recovery and then post-recovery, and how this morphs without needing to be managed too aggressively – older people with ED – gaining weight in a deficit, and the link to obesity and ED or at least self-imposed starvation/restriction – a fantastic summary of the Minnesota Starvation Experiment, including Ancel Key’s observation about micronutrients being less important than calories if recovery and body restoration is to succeed.

You can also find more information on adults with eating disorders at Tabitha’s Website: and follow her on Twitter @Love_Fat_

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September 18, 2016  

Dr Sarah Ravin: How to Find an Eating Disorder Therapist



In this episode I talk to Florida-based eating disorder specialist Dr Sarah Ravin about the importance of finding a therapist who uses evidence-based treatments for treating eating disorders.

About Dr. Ravin

Dr Ravin specializes in treating children, teenagers, and young adults for eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and other non-specified eating disorders. Dr Ravin also treats these populations for other psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. She offers individual therapy as well as Family-Based Therapy (FBT) which is also known as The Maudsley Method.

Dr Ravin believes that parents are a sufferers greatest chance in recovery and works with parents to help their child reach a full recovery. She believes that a solid support system is crucial to the recovery process from an eating disorder.

In this podcast on how to find an eating disorder therapist, we discuss:

  • What is evidence- based treatment?
  • Why is evidence-based treatment is important for eating disorder therapy?
  • Why some therapists do not use evidence-based treatment.
  • Why non-evidence based treatment approaches can be harmful.
  • Questions to ask a treatment provider before you commit.
  • The importance of treating the most dangerous aspects of an eating disorder aggressively.
  • The problems associated with non-evidence based methods in both the long and short term. 

You can find out more about Dr. Sarah Ravin via her webiste:

September 11, 2016  

Tara Deliberto on New Resources for Adults Recovering from Eating Disorders



In this podcast I interview Tara Deliberto. Tara is the director of the new Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

You’ll be able to hear Tara describe the dynamics of the new program in detail and explain how it came about. We also discuss why this sort of partial-hospitalization program is an essential addition to the treatment of eating disorders in adults.

As an adult with Anorexia, I personally am thrilled about this program because the state of treatment for adult sufferers of eating disorders is currently far from being up to scratch. Most of the time, the sufferer doesn’t actually recover at all in a 2 week inpatient stay. Yes, they may gain some weight, but that’s a superficial sign of recovery from an eating disorder. Full recovery means a lot more than gaining a couple of pounds.

This short of program addresses the ongoing support that is needed for people who are recovering from entrenched eating disorders.

Links to the resources discussed in the podcast:
September 4, 2016  

Veganism and Eating Disorders: A chat with an anthropologist


In this podcast I talk to Karen Korn.IMG_5527

Karen is the mother of a sufferer of Anorexia, and has spent the last couple of years helping her daughter battle this deadly disease. Karen is also an anthropologist, and has some ideas about veganism and eating disorders that I think are interesting.

She’s got more of a tactful and thoughtful message than I have I think, as I just tend to bulldoze in with my “nobody who has had an eating disorder can be a vegan” approach, so her ideas might go over better for those of you who bristle at my own.

Anthropology is the study of humans. It’s also the study of human culture, and food is often a large part of our culture, isn’t it?. Regardless of religion or race, there is always a food-orientated holiday somewhere on the calendar. We go through phases as a culture over time too, not so long ago the main phase in Western culture was low fat. You all know how I feel about that one, I only dedicated my book’s title to it “Love Fat.”

While we seem to be making positive shifts towards understanding once again that fat is an important nutrient, we’ve moved on to a new phase or trend in food. All this “Clean eating” and speciality diets. Yes, veganism.

It’s an interesting discussion, we begin by talking about Karens own daughter’s experience of Anorexia and how she went about noticing the problem, to making the first steps around getting treatment.

I asked Karen to shoot me some resources to do with ethical eating, vegainsim etc. Well there is a whole huge long list from her — don’t miss the “solutions” at the bottom— enjoy!

Links = LOL You’ve been in my Bookmarks for a while now

Which diet is best? Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, WAPF, Low-Carb….?
Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters

Why I Stopped Being Vegetarian

Why vegetarianism will not save the world

What if the whole world went vegan?