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hi,
I have had anorexia for most of my adult life. I never got to the level in which I was hospitalised but I was very thin and extremely obsessive about food. It was only when my periods stopped and I had to face the fact that if I continued I would not be able to have children that I began to turn a courner. I have had a beautiful baby son who is almost 2 years old now. I am however afraid as the fear of getting fat never left me though I have been heating healthily for almost five years now. I have to fight the emotional feeling I have towards food which surface once in a while and make me feel disgusted with myself all over again. Its not all the time but I really hate feeling this way. And so my question to you is do you think that it will be possible for me to totally get rid of these feelings which surface on occasion and get into a good place in which I am totally relaxed and happy in my body the way it is. The irony about my feeling unattractive is that recently I have lost some weight running around after my son rather than gaining it. Any advice or ideas as to how I can move forwards would be greatly appreciated.
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Philippa

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Hi Phillipa,

I am so sorry you are going through this. What you are describing is not uncommon among eating disorder survivors. But don't give up home.

Have you thought about resuming therapy again? If you are not ready to do that, then I recommend you start working on your own to improve your body image.

I recommend the following resources:

The Body Image Workbook by Thomas Cash - http://www.amazon.com/Body-Image-Workbook-Eight-Step-Learning/dp/1572245468

Diet of Despair by Anna Paterson - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Diet-Despair-Eating-Disorders-Families/dp/1873942192

In addition, here are several good web resources for healing your eating disordered thinking:

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/eating_disorder_treatment.htm
http://www.healthyplace.com/eating-disorders/articles/eating-disorders-self-help
http://www.healthyplace.com/eating-disorders/articles/eating-disorders-self-help
http://www.eatingdisorderself-cure.com/
http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/recovery/self-help-tools-skills-tips
http://www.something-fishy.org/whatarethey/coe.php
http://anred.com/welcome.html

I hope you find these resources helpful. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.

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I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.

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I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.

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Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

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Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders

Education/Credentials
PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

Awards and Honors
30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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