The Power of Leisure: 'I Was an Anorexic; I’m Now a Healthy Triathlete'

Axelsen, Megan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8858-2049 and (2009) The Power of Leisure: 'I Was an Anorexic; I’m Now a Healthy Triathlete'. Leisure Sciences, 31 (4). pp. 330-346. ISSN 0149-0400


Abstract

This autoethnographic account describes the ambiguities of the author’s ongoing struggle with anorexia nervosa and how leisure was integral to her quasi-recovery from the illness. By showing the emotional and mental struggles of the illness, this paper offers an alternative to the traditional scientific studies of the illness that buries people’s voices beneath layers of analysis. The purpose of the paper is to extend and deepen an understanding of both anorexia and the power that leisure can have in stimulating an individual’s recovery from anorexia nervosa. The paper also offers an alternative to the traditional thought that exercise plays a negative role in eating disorders.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
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Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 00:45
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 00:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: anorexia nervosa, autoethnography, eating disorder, leisure, triathlon
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics > 111101 Clinical and Sports Nutrition
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440608 Recreation, leisure and tourism geography
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1306 Sport, exercise and recreation > 130601 Exercise
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1306 Sport, exercise and recreation > 130603 Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise)
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400902988283
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43733

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