Comedy and living with an eating disorder

Stand-up comedian Dave Chawner discusses his experience of living with an eating disorder and how he manages to work that into his live shows.

Dave was diagnosed with anorexia when years ago and continues to manage the condition through a range of methods. He talks to us in an upbeat interview prior to his upcoming Normally Abnormal tour. Dave talks us through his journey through living with anorexia, his love of talking therapy, and the various he has used to manage his illness.

He also challenges the issue of eating disorders in men, gives us an interesting fact on the history of eating disorders and tells us about an 18th century poet who, unbeknownst to many, lived with an eating disorder.

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