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Dying to be Thin: Anorexia and Bulimia

Prof. Ulrike Schmidt

Ulrike Schmidt is Professor of Eating Disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

She’s the recipient of the King’s College London Graduate School Supervisory Excellence Award 2012-13, and a National Health Service Innovation Award for the development of a computerised intervention for young people with anorexia nervosa and their carers.

Ulrike has written over 160 academic papers, around 50 chapters for standard textbooks, and co-author of the popular self-help book “Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders”.

In today’s episode we discuss the three main eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Are eating disorders a illness peculiar to young white women, or is anybody susceptible? What causes somebody to develop an eating disorder? Is it all about looking good, or are there deeper issues at play? We discuss the stigma and misconceptions surrounding eating disorders, the long term physical consequences, and we even delve into the bizarre world of Pro-Ana and “Thinspiration” web sites web sites where eating disorders are both promoted and celebrated.

 

This episode is also available as a video podcast on YouTube.

Ulrike’s Recommended Links

Kings College London Eating Disorders Research Group

Freed from Eating Disorders on Twitter: @FREEDfromED

Books Mentioned in This Episode

          

 

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