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Perfectionism, Eating Disorders & Fitness Competitors

According to The Eating Disorders Review, perfectionism is a term ‘used to describe a psychological trait with associated behavioural tendencies. It is applied to individuals who believe that perfect states actually exist in certain domains…and that one should try to attain [them].1 Drawing from research studies and personal experience, I […]

Why Women? Theories of Anorexia Nervosa

Cases of eating disorders have risen dramatically over the last decade. Between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder.1 The majority of these are women. This gender bias is especially true of anorexia nervosa, which is one of the most common psychiatric disorders […]

Is Your Body Alien?

In her book, Unbearable Weight, Susan Bordo writes that ‘[m]any body-builders, like many anorectics, unnervingly conceptualize the body as alien.’1 Individuals who push themselves to their physical limits with restrictive eating disorders or extreme training regimes often view their bodies as separate from their true selves: as alien. This division […]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Body Dysmorphia

BODY IMAGE Body image is defined as ‘the subjective personal interpretation of an individual’s body.’1 It consists of our thoughts, feelings and perceptions of our own bodies. More than 75% of us have some kind of body obsession Most of us are unable to ‘see’ our bodies as they really […]

The Hourglass Body

I spent years of my life trying to attain a curvaceous, yet also slender physique. And in 2014, when I was awarded the status of Pro Bikini Athlete, my figure was a near perfect hourglass with a 32” bust, 24” waist and 33” hips. This is the silhouette that is […]

Weighed Down By Weighing

In our quest to become a certain weight or shape, we have become experts in self surveillance: in weighing, measuring, tracking and counting. This constant monitoring of our bodies, food and exercise not only takes up a significant amount of time and energy, it can also lead to obsessive practices […]

It’s Not Just Us! A Brief History of Restrictive Eating

Eating disorders are now a widespread problem. Between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK are affected: around 10% of these suffer from anorexia nervosa.1 The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSMV) defines anorexia as: restriction of energy intake relative to requirements leading to a significantly […]

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