Question: Eating Disorder Recovery and Weight

“If you are in recovery from an eating disorder and struggled with binging that led you to gain an unhealthy amount of weight, what is the best way to deal with the situation?”

This was a question sent to me as part of Libero Network’s ‘Ask an Expert’ column. It certainly wasn’t an easy one to answer – the topic is complex and the ‘best way to deal’ will be different for everyone. Overall – recovery from an eating disorder is always the focus; weight loss should not be.

See my full response over at Libero Network, here.

Six Things I’ve Learnt After Getting Rid of My Scales.

Mid-last year (2014), I shared this post on my Facebook page about getting rid of their scales (I encouraged people to use them as a pinata!). Not long after, I received a message from one of my page ‘likers’ – Naomi. She told me she’d planned to get rid of her scales. Six months later, she’s still without her scales and hasn’t been tempted to get another set (yippee!!!). 

This is a eye-opening article from Naomi about what she learned in the first couple of weeks of being scale-free. 

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What a Body Positive Paradigm Means to Me.

I think sometimes people get a little confused about the Health at Every Size or body positive paradigm. It’s not about suggesting everyone eats take-away, never exercises, disregards their health.

The paradigm I work from is about treating people as people, not numbers. First and foremost, that means showing respect for people regardless of their body weight or shape and even regardless of their food and exercise choices.

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Smash the Scale

95% of people regain lost weight within 2 years. 98% have regained it within 5 years. Most will gain extra too. Many people go through cycle after cycle of dieting with weight loss and weight gain.

Those statistics are all based around a number on the scale. It doesn’t tell us what methods were used to lose weight (healthy or unhealthy) nor does it tell us what emotional, social, and possible mental, effects (both good and bad) were experienced during the weight loss and regain.

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Supporting Someone with an Eating Disorder during the Holidays

The holiday season brings with it many joys, but it can also be a very difficult time for those struggling with an eating disorder (ED) or disordered eating.

Social gatherings and family get-togethers are a great opportunity to catch up with people you might not have seen in a while, or to spend extra time with those you love. Unfortunately, the conversation can sometime head down a very unwelcome path. The three topics that are said to be off-limits at the dinner table are sex, politics, and religion. For someone with an ED or disordered eating, those three topics are much more preferable to food, exercise, or weight.

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A Body Positive Guide to the Holiday Season

December and January. I’m certain it must be the diet industry’s favourite time of year. By the start of January we’re all convinced that we are awful people who ate waaaaaayyyy too much and didn’t exercise enough over the festive period. Maybe you will eat a lot and not exercise much. Maybe you’ll eat less and exercise more. Maybe there’ll be no change to your usual eating and exercise patterns. Either way, you’re not an awful person and you certainly don’t need to turn to the diet industry to ‘fix’ you.

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