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Embodying Experiences with Nature in Everyday Life Recovery for Persons with Eating Disorders

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Department of Health, Social and Welfare Studies, University of South-Eastern Norway, Postboks 235, 3603 Kongsberg, Norway
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Department of Sport, Physical Education and Outdoor Studies, University of South-Eastern Norway, Postboks 235, 3603 Kongsberg, Norway
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(8), 2784; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17082784
Received: 30 March 2020 / Revised: 15 April 2020 / Accepted: 16 April 2020 / Published: 17 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nature-Based Therapies and Human Health)
Eating disorders can be understood as attempts to manage a problematic relationship with one’s own body. The objective of this qualitative study was to explore and discuss perspectives of embodying “experiences with nature” related to recovery in everyday life for persons experiencing eating disorders. The study was carried out in the context of a hermeneutic phenomenological approach. Eight participants with an interest in nature and friluftsliv (outdoor pursuits), and with experiences with bulimia nervosa and/or binge-eating disorders, were interviewed twice. Interviews took place in nature, in combination with a “going together” method. The results reveal how the participants highlighted experiences with nature as accentuating feelings of calmness and an engagement of the senses. Participants described nature as a non-judgmental environment that also provided room for self-care. This article explores the implications of everyday life perspectives on nature in recovery, as well as of an integrated focus on body and mind in experiences with eating disorders. The article concludes with an emphasis on how participant’s embodying experiences with nature enabled a (re)connection with one’s own body. View Full-Text
Keywords: Friluftsliv; recovery; health promotion; nature; everyday life; eating disorders; hermeneutic phenomenology Friluftsliv; recovery; health promotion; nature; everyday life; eating disorders; hermeneutic phenomenology
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Jepsen Trangsrud, L.K.; Borg, M.; Bratland-Sanda, S.; Klevan, T. Embodying Experiences with Nature in Everyday Life Recovery for Persons with Eating Disorders. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2784. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17082784

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Jepsen Trangsrud LK, Borg M, Bratland-Sanda S, Klevan T. Embodying Experiences with Nature in Everyday Life Recovery for Persons with Eating Disorders. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(8):2784. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17082784

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Jepsen Trangsrud, Lise K., Marit Borg, Solfrid Bratland-Sanda, and Trude Klevan. 2020. "Embodying Experiences with Nature in Everyday Life Recovery for Persons with Eating Disorders" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 8: 2784. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17082784

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