Behind the Body

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Andrea Cutuk and Anna Daltro

09 November 2023

49m 27s

Breaking the Stigma: Understanding the Biology and Psychology of Eating Disorders



Behind the Body hosts, Andrea and Anna sit down with licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Mini to discuss the prevalence of eating disorders, the biological characteristics that cause them, the characteristics that can define them, and the treatment options available. This episode and Dr. Mini's expertise offer a powerful glimpse into the complex realities of these disorders. By implementing the insights shared, our hope is that you, or someone you know who suffers from an eating disorder, can experience a profound shift in your mindset and behaviors, paving the way for sustainable recovery and a healthier, happier life.


In this episode, we will:

  • Discover the complexities of eating disorders and gain a deeper understanding of their impact on individuals' lives.

  • Explore the powerful connection between social media and body image and how it can influence self-perception.

  • Uncover the nuances of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a lesser-known but significant mental health condition, and understand its effects on body image.

  • Learn about personalized treatment options for eating disorders that prioritize individual needs and experiences, fostering a more effective recovery journey.

  • Understand the profound impact of exercise on mental health and how it can be harnessed as a tool for both physical and emotional well-being.


The key moments in this episode are:

00:00:06 - Introduction

00:01:15 - Anna's Personal Experience with Eating Disorders

00:04:12 - Importance of Bringing Awareness

00:05:32 - Types of Eating Disorders

00:09:28 - Understanding Anorexia

00:15:20 - The Influence of Media on Eating Disorders

00:16:38 - Anorexia and Bulimia

00:19:43 - Binge Eating Disorder

00:21:53 - Severity and Treatment

00:24:10 - Shame and Impulsivity

00:30:34 - Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

00:32:51 - Specifiers and Insight Levels in BDD

00:35:35 - Diagnostic Criteria and Treatment for BDD

00:38:45 - Impact of BDD on Mental Health

00:41:21 - The Role of Education and Habit Change in BDD Treatment

00:45:36 - The Importance of Education and Understanding

00:46:17 - Shifting the Mindset Towards Health

00:46:54 - Individualized Approach to Health

00:48:06 - Connecting with Dr. Minnie


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