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Navel Gazing: One Woman’s Quest for Size Normal – Anne H Putnam

Anne H Putnam's experiences of gastric band surgery.

Anne H Putnam’s experiences of gastric band surgery.

Ann Putnam had gastric band surgery at 16, (basically as soon as she was able to) and two further rounds of corrective surgery on the excess skin left after the ensuing weight loss.

Navel Gazing is the story of her life as fat kid, to thinner woman and a testament to the fact that you can take the fat off the girl, but not the girl away from her body issues. Continue reading

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Eating Disorders Affect Us All – ED Awareness Week

 

Everybody knows somebody

Everybody knows somebody

I’m going out to lunch tomorrow; posh restaurant (French) and good company I’m really looking forward to it. A couple of years ago however it would have been a different story; I would probably have upped the diet a bit beforehand, perhaps gone for a long run in the morning, just to create a bit of “space”, turned up determined not to overindulge and left berating myself for my weakness in doing just that. Cue more intense dieting for the following few days to undo the “damage”.  I wasn’t anorexic or bulimic, but after a lifetime of dieting I did have a disordered approach to food.

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Do we have to choose

Do we have to choose

Anxiety and depression might be the biggest sources of mental dis-ease in the UK, but this statistic obscures the fact that body image issues now seem to be a part of what most clients bring, regardless of their presenting issue. Hand on heart, how many women1 do you know who eat what they want, exercise moderately and are happy with how they look? And I don’t mean this in a Gwen Stefani kind of way – the US singer recently told Marie Claire that she wasn’t really working out much at the moment, whilst showing off the kind of flat and toned stomach you only get from a large number of daily stomach crunches. That’s not body acceptance, that’s fibbing. Continue reading