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

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Axelsen, Megan. 2009. "The Power of Leisure: 'I Was an Anorexic; I’m Now a Healthy Triathlete'." Leisure Sciences. 31 (4), pp. 330-346. https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400902988283
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The Power of Leisure: 'I Was an Anorexic; I’m Now
a Healthy Triathlete'

ERA Journal ID9786
Article CategoryArticle
Authors
AuthorAxelsen, Megan
Journal TitleLeisure Sciences
Leisure Sciences: an interdisciplinary journal
Journal Citation31 (4), pp. 330-346
Number of Pages18
Year2009
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0149-0400
1521-0588
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400902988283
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01490400902988283
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.

Keywordsanorexia nervosa, autoethnography, eating disorder, leisure, triathlon
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440608. Recreation, leisure and tourism geography
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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