Having read Tabitha Farrar’s exceptional book, Love Fat, and the way she recounts her own struggle and recovery from Anorexia, I had to then hop over and give a listen to her podcast, the Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast. This one in particular, an interview of Dr. Danielle B. Grossman, was captivating as I (just as Tabitha did) commended Dr. Grossman for being an open-minded Psychotherapist to at least first consider whether her professional perception of eating disorders was wrong.
She confessed that she later discovered her initial professional opinion, that eating disorders stemmed from some some form of trauma or other emotional issue/need, was wrong. Her reason for this confession was because treatment of eating disorders in this way does not work.
Simply learning that … was a game-changer for me. I wasn’t broken. In fact my body was doing exactly what it was supposed to be doing. This realization has helped me remain recovered and continue my healthy relationship with food.
Dr. Grossman actually changed her opinion after trying various treatment methods and seeing what actually worked. The more I have read others’ accounts of eating disorders, the more I agree there is an incredibly strong biological component (far more than an emotional one) that unfortunately is of our own making when we restrict to the point of threatening our bodies to starvation. Simply learning that … was a game-changer for me. I wasn’t broken. In fact my body was doing exactly what it was supposed to be doing. This realization has helped me remain recovered and continue my healthy relationship with food.
Dr. Grossman has helped many other eating disorder victims out there understand this biological component, and separate themselves from their disease in a way that finally gives them the time to acknowledge their unhealthy eating impulses. She has helped them make a conscious decision about how they want to respond, rather than immediately reacting (usually in the way your eating disorder wants you to).
Thank you, Tabitha, for putting content like this out there to help other eating disorder victims. It is such a helpful resource. And, I have to admit that having read your book, I felt a personal connection to you. So, I had a personal reason to want to hear your voice. I now think I need to go back and read Love Fat again. Although, this time I will read to myself in your proper English accent. It made me smile and reminded of your cheese toasties! Keep doing what you’re doing.