Yummy Mummy author battled bulimia

Filed under: Just For Moms, Your Pregnancy, Media, That's Entertainment

Sarah Gilbert enlightened us to the term "Yummy Mummy" last year, the gist being Yummy Mummies are not frumpy and haggard mothers, they're hip women walking their 3-inch heels through motherhood.

Liz Fraser has written a guidebook for you if you'd like to be a Yummy Mummy (this term nauseates me almost as much as the term Mommy Blogger does). The 'Yummy Mummy's Survival Guide' walks you through the adjustment to motherhood, stylishly.

Ironically, Liz Fraser tells The Independent, she has struggled with the eating disorder, bulimia during and after both her pregnancies. As the author of her profile points out, Fraser seems entirely unaware of the tie in of the Yummy Mummy ideal and her eating disorder.

The book doesn't advise taking on disordered eating habits to lose weight and actually encourages new mothers not to lose weight too quickly as it could release toxins into breastmilk. But it's hard for me to take the book seriously when being a Yummy Mummy already seems so tied to the intense pressure to lose weight and look as if you're not a new mother when you are.

Then again there's nothing wrong with taking care of yourself after you have children. Just don't take it to the extreme, where eating disorders find fertile grounds to take hold.

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