086: Interview With Andrea LaMarre

Episode 086: Welcome back to Real Health Radio. It’s another guest interview episode of Real Health Radio and this week I’m speaking with Andrea LaMarre.

Andrea LaMarre is a PhD candidate and Vanier Doctoral Scholar at the University of Guelph in Canada. Her dissertation research is focused on the experiences of people in recovery and their supporters. She is a blogger and activist engaged in the eating disorders community on and offline, and is a member of a number of organizations for eating disorder professionals, including the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Association of Canada, and volunteers for the National Initiative for Eating Disorders in Canada.

 More information can be found about her at www.andrealamarre.com

Interview With Andrea LaMarre



Here’s what we talk about in this podcast episode:

3:21 Andrea’s background in sociology, her education and her research

5:23 Her experience with an eating disorder, its impact on her career and her recovery experience

8:40 Her transition to research on eating disorders and how it evolved into her career

9:58 Eating disorder recovery, what it entails, how it’s defined and what treatment involves

17:00 Andrea’s experience writing for the blog Science of Eating Disorders

21:22  Advocating for system level change for eating disorder treatment and what that requires

25:47 Her research and how it informs the treatment approach

28:00 What would the ideal treatment for eating disorders look like?

30:41 What the biggest misconceptions about eating disorders are among doctors and society as a whole

35:26 The double standard we hold those in recovery to and how our expectations are so much higher for them

40:53 Where the definition of “recovered” comes from

42:06 The ideas and beliefs that Andrea previously held that have been changed by her research

43:18 Her calorie count petition

48:09 Men, eating disorders and the role of gender

52:29 Where to go to get in touch with Andrea


Here’s How You Can Connect With Andrea:





Her Blog


Links mentioned during the show:

University of Guelph

Science of Eating Disorders

Association for Size Diversity and Health

Academy for Eating Disorders

National Initiative for Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Association of Canada

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada


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