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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 […]

Freddie Flintoff: Men and Eating Disorders

CW: details of purging behaviours. In the BBC One documentary ‘Living with Bulimia,’ former England Cricket Captain Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff speaks openly for the first time about his 20 year struggle with the eating disorder bulimia nervosa. In the programme, he gives an honest account of his experiences with body […]

Naughty But Nice: The Implications of Eating ‘Clean’

In the current pandemic, ‘clean eating’ involves spraying your Tesco delivery with Dettol. This phrase, however, does not ordinarily mean disinfecting groceries. When I first encountered the concept of clean eating in 2012, it was a nutritional lifestyle that existed predominantly within the fitness community. This diet was comprised of […]

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