The Myth of "Full Recovery"

The Myth of "Full Recovery"

Update: 2023-05-25


Today Virginia is chatting with Cole Kazdin, author of What's Eating Us: Women, Food, and the Epidemic of Body Anxiety, which explodes a lot of the problems with our current eating disorder treatment system.

Remember, if you order Cole's book (or any books we mention on the pod!) from the Burnt Toast Bookshop, you can get 10 percent off that purchase if you also order (or have already ordered!) Fat Talk! (Just use the code FATTALK at checkout.)

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Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.


Shira Rosenbluth

For anyone who needs to recover into a fat body, you’re asking them to sacrifice the safety of their eating disorder in the sense that it’s harder to exist in this world in a fat body than in a thinner one.

Gloria Lucas

just journal or do a crossword puzzle

backlash against the diagnosis of atypical anorexia

a very good piece about atypical anorexia

Virginia's story on Kurbo

Madeline Donahue

Lindsey Guile

Cole on Instagram

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The Myth of "Full Recovery"

The Myth of "Full Recovery"

Virginia Sole-Smith