Episode 56: Understanding Eating Disorders with Savannah Buik


If you've been around climbing long enough, you know someone who has struggled with an eating disorder.  While it's not a secret, it's certainly a topic that is generally shamed and then ignored.  As a coach, friend, and partner, I wanted to know more about it, how to recognize it, and what to do when confronted with it. 

Savannah Buik reached out to me a little over a year ago to tell me that she had started a blog, partly inspired by my willingness to call people out, that focused on her own struggles with eating disorders.  Since then, she's had more struggles, and in this episode we talk about those tough times.

Savannah offers us an easy way to understand these disorders, a way to recognize when it's a problem, and a way to think about it while approaching a friend in need.  This is a conversation I'm so glad that I sat down for, no matter how uncomfortable the subject is.

You can (and should) find Savannah's blog, Crimpin and Biscuits, at: www.savannahbuik.com

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The climbing community tragically lost Savannah to a climbing accident in March 2018.  Her kindness, openness, and passion for helping others suffering from eating disorders made her an inspiration to many.  If you'd like to support Savannah's passion, consider a donation to Project HEAL, an organization she was proudly involved with, that seeks to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support to those suffering from eating disorders.  Savannah will be greatly missed.


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