Do You Or Someone You Care About Struggle With Body Image Or Eating Concerns? Are You Interested In How Storytelling And Metaphor Can Be Powerful Tools In Eating Disorder Treatment? Are You Curious What Is The Function Of Disordered Eating? Want To Know How To Respond To “Feeling Fat”? Join Us For An Interview With Eating Disorder Specialist Dr. Anita Johnston!
In this episode, Diana interviews Dr. Anita Johnston, author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling. Dr. Johnston describes why myth and metaphors are effective strategies for uncovering and understanding the function and meaning of disordered eating. Dr. Johnston shares examples of metaphors she uses in her book to illustrate the complexities of eating disorder recovery. Dr. Johnston explores food as metaphor, the difference between emotional and physical hunger, and why recovery looks more like a labyrinth than a maze. Finally she offers resources for deeper study through her online course and support group at The Light of the Moon Cafe.
Resources Mentioned In Episode:
Dr. Anita Johnston’s PDF file exploring metaphorical foods
Resources for Disordered Eating and Body Image Treatment:
- National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders (ANAD) offers free support groups in your area
- National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) offers information about eating disorders, screening tools, and free help line