In this episode, Nicola and Florence welcome Aurelie Montenair. Raised in France where most girls start dieting at 8, Aurelie went on her first diet as an 18 year old. She tells us about her descent into full-blown orthorexia and HA, and what it took to deconstruct many of the beliefs about body size, health and women she had internalised since childhood.
Together we explore European culture when it comes to thinness, health and fatphobia, control and denial, and also why girls and women are raised to believe that their appearance and getting external validation from others is the most important thing to nurture.
Aurelie's story takes many twists and turns, and then she talks about her recovery too, why community mattered so much for her to stay strong and the process of unlearning that accompanied getting her periods back.
You can follow Aurelie via @auremtr
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Editing by Steven Worlow
Original Music by the Andy Shulman Band "Lost & Found" available on Spotify.