On how obsessive healthy eating is an actual eating disorder:
“People are using certain diets as a way to hide an eating disorder or a great sense of unhappiness and unease with their own body. There is a way in which food is used either to self-congratulate—you’re a better person because you’re eating like that—or to self-persecute, because you’ll not allow yourself to eat the foods you want. I generally think it is not food if it is through that being thinner is always better. What happens as a result is that somehow you are seen as a better person. If you are naturally thin, that is fantastic, but if you have to starve yourself to be thin, it is not good to encourage people to be in that shape because it is not good for you.”
On her mom’s struggles with eating disorders:
“I kind of put two and two together. I knew she had a thing about thinness but I worked it out later. When she was dying she allowed herself to eat. To wait until you’ve got a terminal disease to enjoy eating is an awful thing.”
Everything in moderation. There are times when you need a slice of cake. You don’t eat it every day, but life has to be balanced and not too restricted.
… says the 55 year-old famous chef.