The role of trauma in disordered eating and compulsive exercise

Published on: 30th September, 2020

Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

I spoke with psychotherapist Rob Smith about the role of trauma in the development of disordered eating and compulsive exercise in exercisers, athletes and the general population. Rob also teaches us about some of the neuroscience behind these behaviours, explaining the physiological response to traumatic events.

We also explore real world applications of the theories after I open up about my own personal experiences.

Make sure you check out the charity Rob works for First Steps ED:



And Rob's practice and youtube videos:


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MyoMinds Podcast
Demystifying mental health in the exercising community
The MyoMinds podcast is here to start the discussions around disordered eating, exercise addiction, muscle dysmorphia, and everything in-between within exercisers.

Our guests include professional athletes, Experts, Doctors, coaches, experts by experience, and more.

The podcast is hosted by the CEO of MyoMinds, George Mycock. He has personal experience with eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, depression, and anxiety.

*Disclaimer: The MyoMinds Podcast can not be used as a replacement for medical help. If you are struggling with issues related to the content of this podcast, please speak to a medical professional or one of the many available mental health charities (e.g. The Samaritans helpline: 116 123).*

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George Mycock

I am the CEO of MyoMinds and the host of the MyoMinds Podcast. I'm a fitness enthusiast who has lived experience with eating disorders, compulsive exercise, and body dysmorphia. I want to improve the understanding of mental health within the fitness and sport community.