Interviews

The-F-Word is honored to offer the following interviews with field experts, authors, and other related subjects. Below is an archive of interviews conducted by The-F-Word.

June 12, 2007 – Trisha Gura, author of the recently released book Lying in Weight.

In this groundbreaking new book, science journalist Trisha Gura, Ph.D., explodes the myth that those who suffer from eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are primarily teenage girls. In reality, these diseases linger from adolescence or emerge anew in the lives of adult women in ways that we are only starting to recognize.

June, 2007 – Lisa Howard, WLS candidate

Lisa is many things, a great friend, wonderful mother of two young girls, and hilariously cynical. She kept me awake many a night when we used to work third-shift technical support together several years ago with her witty commentary and DVD player. So, I asked Lisa if she would like to be featured in a Q&A for this site, to share her experiences with weight and weight loss, and what led her to choose weight-loss surgery.

Nov. 16, 2007 – Gina Kolata, author of Rethinking Thin.

Gina Kolata is an award-winning science and medicine reporter for the New York Times and the author of many books. Her latest is Rethinking Thin, which challenges our beliefs on body weight and weight loss. Kolata shares with us some of her thoughts on the book and in writing it.

April 28, 2008 – Kristin ‘Lou’ Herout, graduate student and professional photographer

The 23-year-old Dekalb, Ill. native replicated advertisements from Cosmopolitan, Elle and other women’s fashion magazines using not industry standard size-zero models, but rather “curvy” and “realistic” women to accompany a scholarly paper on the subject. I caught up with Herout as she prepares to move to San Francisco this summer to complete her master’s degree in photography at the Academy of Art University to talk about her provocative project.

June 11, 2008 – Pat Ballard, the “Queen of Rubenesque Romances”

As a young woman, romance writer Pat Ballard nearly died trying to starve her body into a socially-approved size. In her new book 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) she provides the steps she created to heal the emotional damage of years of dieting and disordered eating. The accomplished and acclaimed “Queen of Rubenesque Romances” takes the time to share with The-F-Word readers how she weathered the long and tortuous road of disordered eating to become a diet survivor — and how you can, too.

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