Episode 26

Eating Disorders, Depression and PTSD with Lydia Goldman

Lydia led an expat lifestyle, forever on the move due to her father’s job. By seventeen, Lydia had been to eleven schools. No time to make friends or put down roots. Consequently she suffered from depression and craved parental attention.

Lydia enjoyed food, despite some critical comments from family members, and went along with her parents as they embraced healthy eating and exercise. But life began to unravel when the family relocated to Indonesia and she became unwell – a cycle of compulsive exercise, anorexia and bulimia.

The all-familiar, familial struggles coupled with an abusive relationship cemented her misery. 

Being accepted into an English University allowed her to escape and she cut the ties that bound her. She felt better as soon as she boarded the plane.

After her degree, Lydia went to work in Myanmar. She loved it until the morning of February 1st, 2021, when the National League for Democracy (NLD) was deposed by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) and a state of emergency was declared. Once again Lydia was trapped but this time by a military coup.

Tune in to hear about Lydia’s escape from Myanmar and her compelling story.


[03:40] - Family fixated on food 

[11:00] - Eating Disorders start

[24:23] - Needs help, treatment

[31:05] - Goes to Myanmar


Instagram: @lydiagoldman

Lydia’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/LydiaZachary/videos


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