Episode 4: Gorge  


How often do you associate binge eating with trekking to the top of the highest peak in Africa? We thought so... Join us as we talk with Kara Richardson Whitely, author of the book Gorge, about her lifelong journey towards recovery from Binge Eating Disorder and it's ramifications in her life. She'll take us from the roots of her disorder, all the way up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro as we dig into this highly misunderstood disease. www.kararichardsonwhitely.com


About me:

Don’t judge a girl by her blubber. Kara Richardson Whitely has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds. Why three times? Because sometimes that’s what it takes to get over something.
Gorge, her inspiring and empowering book about the experience, was published by Seal Press in Spring 2015. It has been called one of "Five Fabulous, Possibly Life-Changing Books" by Redbook magazine. Backpacker magazine said Kara's story as a plus-size adventurer is "as inspiring as it is refreshing." The New York Times Sunday Book Review said, in Gorge, Kara "writes accessibly and frankly about her struggles with both Kilimanjaro and her self-image... This detailed account of her travails will give confidence not only to hesitant would-be mountaineers but to those, like her, whose biggest hurdle is 'to learn to be O.K. with who I was.'
Her book, Weight of Being, is about the many steps — small and large — she took to stop binging in her family. HelloGiggles.com named it one of 11 New Memoirs You Need to Read this Summer.  
Kara, who is also a motivational public speaker and American Hiking Society ambassador, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray and Runner’s World magazines. She was recently featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass, Good Morning America, an Outside magazine 127 Defining Moments finalist and has been written about in RedbookAmerican Hiker and Weight Watchers magazines. Kara was a blogger for Weight Watchers and is currently an Ambassador for the American Hiking Association and a National Binge Eating Recovery Advocate for Eating Recovery Center. You can follow Kara's adventures on Instagram: @kararichardsonwhitely

Fun Facts:

  • I am a dual citizen (Canadian-American) because I was born in Canada. 

  • My favorite band is Toad the Wet Sprocket

  • I climb mountains but I'm afraid of going down escalators (but am working through that fear). 

  • ​ I once had a dog named Felicity (means happiness) who ate my mother's tulips and made her furious!

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