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: