Authors: Lise Katrine Jepsen Trangsrud
The aim of this qualitative study was to explore and discuss persons with eating disorders’ experiences with nature and friluftsliv as part of everyday life recovery. The research project was carried out in the context of collaborative research methods and involved a competence group throughout the research process. Eight participants (aged 19–41 years old) with an interest in nature and friluftsliv, and with experiences with bulimia nervosa and/or binge eating disorders, were interviewed twice. Interviews took place in the participants’ nearby nature. The findings from the study reveal how embodied experiences with nature enabled a (re)connection with one’s body. Moreover, the findings demonstrate experiences with nature and friluftsliv as encompassing supportive everyday occupations that centre aspects of life other than the eating disorder. The participants’ experiences elucidate important qualities in human-nature interactions that can impact management of nearby nature as well as facilitating recovery processes related to eating disorders outdoors.