songs and their role in eating disorders and recovery

Today is the first day of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDA Week) 2013. The Theme for this year is “Everybody Knows Somebody”. Eating disorders are widespread illnesses and can affect anyone regardless of age, race or gender. This week I am going to focus my blog on eating disorder awareness, what it is like to have an eating disorder and share some bits of my own journey. To learn more about eating disorder please visit the NEDA’s website

Music has been a huge influence in my journey to recovery. This is why I often choose a Sunday Song to showcase (go here to see a list of previous songs). While music can have a huge positive affect it can also cause be used to create motivation to stay sick or remain stuck in an eating disorder. There are many songs that ‘glorify’ eating disorders whether they mean to or not. On Youtube many, many eating disorder victims have put together videos that showcase their sickest pictures accompanied by songs about eating disorders. A common song that is often chosen is the song “Courage” by Superchick. I have no doubt that Superchick wrote this song to be encouraging to those who struggle but sadly it has become an anthem for those who are sick. One of the first steps I took in my recover was deleting many songs that I listened to in my sickest days. In their place I have found other songs I love to listen to instead. And this song is one of them:

 

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2 responses to “songs and their role in eating disorders and recovery

  1. I am so musically-oriented, as well. Music can trigger me in so many different directions, start a climb or a spiral or just push me further in the direction I’m already headed.
    What I am finding interesting is that so many songs that I listened to “to be sick”, to get sicker, to encourage my illness, to find a small measure of comfort and normalcy in what I was experiencing and doing to myself… so many of those same songs are now encouraging to me in a recovery sense. It’s really tricky, but I know that how I am feeling and thinking makes a world of difference in how I interpret a song, and how it affects me.
    Let’s see… examples…
    Have You Got It In You – Imogen Heap
    The Warrior is a Child – Twila Paris
    Something’s Got to Change – Josh Wilson
    All Around Me – Flyleaf (also the version by David Crowder Band)
    Replace Me – Family Force 5
    Stand In the Rain – Superchick
    You Decide – Fireflight (so explicitly about the choice: “Who will you run to?”)
    Better Than an Hallelujah – Amy Grant
    Out of Control – John Reuben
    Hanging on By a Thread – The Letter Black

    Do you find this to be true for you? Songs that can be heard either way depending, basically, on what you WANT to hear?

  2. Mary

    Yay!!!! I am so thankful for your willingness to share and look forward to following posts this week leading up to purple Friday.

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