Exercise and the body

I’ve written before about exercise on this blog, last time discussing the relationship and association between exercise and virtue – as in, the idea that to exercise is necessarily always virtuous and how this harms people with a disordered or difficult relationship to it. When I last wrote about exercise I was struggling intensely with… Continue reading Exercise and the body

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‘Listen to your body’ – capitalism, alienation and embodiment

In a lot left-aligned and liberal spaces discussing the topics of fatphobia, eating disorders, body confidence/postivity there is often some sage advice about ‘listening to your body’ as in, paying attention to what your body seems to be telling you and trying to respond to that in some way. There is an idea that paying… Continue reading ‘Listen to your body’ – capitalism, alienation and embodiment

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Social media and recovery

When I wanted to try and recover, more or less by myself, I looked in a lot of places for support. Of course, to my partners and friends but I also looked for people who had also had my experiences and could explain to me or, at least, understand what the hell is going on… Continue reading Social media and recovery

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What quasi-recovery feels like

TW: explicit discussion of disordered thoughts There are many competing narratives when it comes to understanding what it means to ‘recover’ from an eating disorder. There’s a term that gets thrown around in online eating disorder recovery spaces, that is; ‘quasi recovery’. Usually this means something like making an attempt to recover but still participating… Continue reading What quasi-recovery feels like

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Perfectionism

Perfectionism, in the most basic terms, is the drive towards ‘perfection’ in all that one does or in the tasks or accomplishments one strives for. It often involves setting a high bar for oneself, measuring one’s self-worth via productivity and setting perhaps unrealistic goals. A lot of the time people think of perfectionism as a… Continue reading Perfectionism

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Eating Disorders and Veganism

Everyone seems to have an opinion on veganism and why they chose to follow it or not. It brings up a number of related issues including diet and lifestyle as well as the obvious animal rights and environmentalism. As I see it there are two somewhat distinct forms of veganism that have emerged in the… Continue reading Eating Disorders and Veganism

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On Disability

TW: discussion of eating disorder behaviours I have a lot of clued up friends with a lot to say about disability politics and a lot of what I’ll say here has been drawn out in dialogue, not necessarily something I’ve come to entirely on my own. My own thinking is, of course, around eating disorders… Continue reading On Disability

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Body Dysmorphia

TW: detailed discussion of body dysmorphia, ED behaviour mentions, description of being underweight, negative self talk Despite popular understandings to the contrary, body dysmorphia and anorexia are not the same thing and are often considered separately as psychiatric diagnoses. In terms of the diagnostic criteria, both include disruption or disturbances in self-image or body image,… Continue reading Body Dysmorphia

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