Episode 11

Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder with Tracy Northampton

Tracy Northampton is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher specialising in eating disorders and addiction. She is Governor at St Andrew’s Healthcare, Patron of the Body Dysmorphic Foundation and, currently, runs a private practice in Central London. 

When Tracy was young the family kitchen was a no-go zone. Meals were rushed - eat to survive, get the job done. In her teens study replaced sport and she became bulimic. Guilt and shame were the tenants in her secret life until a chance encounter with Princess Diana helped her fully recover and pursue her psychotherapeutic career.  

Tracy’s niece Charlotte suffered with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. She hated her face; life was, simply, unbearable. As a direct result of her illness she took her own life. 

Join me to hear about Tracy’s early days and personal trials, her subsequent professional expertise and the devastation caused by Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

This episode is dedicated to Charlotte.


  • [04:50] - Food as enemy
  • [10:34] - EDA conference. Tracy’s turning point
  • [16:34] - Princess Diana and Susie Orbach
  • [25:00] - What is the right support for ED’S?
  • [33:30] - Charlotte’s story

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Website: tracynorthampton.com and bddfoundation.org


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This Food Thing
A series of conversations around experiences with food, eating disorders and recovery.