#86: Brian Cuban – Eating Disorder & Addiction Recovery

Brian Cuban - Eating Disorders, Drug Addiction, & Recovery

This is episode 86 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we interview Brian Cuban of Brian Cuban.com. Brian is a mental health advocate who speaks regularly on eating disorders in men, addiction, and recovery. Brian is also the author of the book Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder

To book Brian for a speaking engagement, contact Paul Kreiter at American Program Bureau at pkreiter@apbspeakers.com. You can email Brian directly at brian@briancuban.com.

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Episode 86 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • 1:00 – What do you do and what do you talk about in these engagements?
  • 1:45 – Can you share some of your story? How did this begin and how did you transition to recovery?
  • 6:25 – What is the correlation between alcohol/substance abuse and eating disorders?
  • 8:10 – What was the main thing(s) that helped you start recovery?
  • 10:00 – Is it fair to say that there’s nothing you can do to help until a person is ready to take steps on their own?
  • 11:30 – What is your opinion on AA and other recovery programs in general?
  • 14:10 – What’s the prevalence of ED in men, in general? What about in the sports community?
  • 15:35 – Would you say that our culture is more enabling of eating disorders than others?
  • 17:00 – Is there a difference in how men and women experience eating disorders?
  • 18:30 – Is there a line from hardcore to orthorexic to eating disordered?
  • 19:30 – When you do speaking engagements, who is your audience?
  • 20:05 – How can family and friends help?
  • 23:55 – How can fitness professionals help?
  • 27:40 – In your recovery, did you find any particular diet or exercise ideas that helped or harmed you?
  • 30:00 – Is full recovery possible?
  • 30:35 – What’s your new book, Shattered Image, about?
  • 32:15 – Can you talk about bullying? Are there particular signs to look for?
  • 35:15 – What is self-harm beyond cutting?
  • 37:30 – Can you talk about your article, Three Life Lessons I Learned In Eating Disorder And Addiction Recovery?
  • 39:45 – What’s next for you?
  • 40:50 – Where can people follow you and your work?
  • 41:45 – Do you have any book suggestions for our listeners?

Book Suggestions

The Broken Mirror by Dr. Katherine Phillips

Life Without ED by Jenni Schaefer

Man Up to Eating Disorders by Dr. Andrew Walen

Show Notes

Brian Cuban.com

Brian’s blog Cubanity on Psych Central

@bcuban on Twitter