According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States have an eating disorder. That’s a lot of people. And that’s just in the U.S.! Eating disorders are a global problem, and they affect millions of people all over the world.
So what are eating disorders? They are a group of mental illnesses that involve abnormal eating habits and attitudes towards food. There are three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. All three of these disorders can be very dangerous, and they can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Here are 20 songs written by artists who either have or used to have an eating disorder. Hopefully, this list will motivate you to learn more about these disorders and the people who are affected by them.
Courage – Superchick
“Courage” is a song by the Christian rock group Superchick. The song was featured on their 2005 album, “Beauty from Pain” and was written about a girl who was struggling with an eating disorder. According to lead singer Tricia Brock, the song is about “the courage it takes to fight for your life.” This is a song that we hope will inspire people who are struggling with eating disorders or any other kind of addiction or pain to find the courage to keep fighting.”
Superchick has performed the song at many events for organizations that help people with eating disorders, such as the National Eating Disorders Association. The song has also been featured in a documentary about eating disorders called “No More Secrets: An Intimate Journey Through Eating Disorders.”
Tunic (Song for Karen) – Sonic Youth
Tunic (Song for Karen) by Sonic Youth is a haunting song that speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever struggled with an eating disorder. The lyrics are ethereal and poetic, hinting at the pain and isolation that often accompany this type of illness. Its lyrics are about Karen Carpenter, who died from anorexia nervosa in 1983 at the age of 32.
Skin & Bones – Motion City Soundtrack
One song that does this is Skin & Bones by Motion City Soundtrack. The lyrics talk about how the singer feels like she’s “all skin and bones” due to her eating disorder. She feels like she’s losing control and is scared that she’ll end up dead if she doesn’t get better. This song is a powerful reminder that eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and they need to be treated immediately.
Eyesore – Maria Mena
Eyesore is a song about how an eating disorder can take over someone’s life. The lyrics talk about how the person is “sick of being sick” and how they feel like they’re “a waste of space.” The song is powerful because it shows how an eating disorder can control someone’s life and make them feel like they’re nothing. Its lyrics are about how the person wishes they could go back to before their eating disorder and that they feel like a burden. The song is strong because it shows how an eating disorder can make someone feel about themselves.
Sophie – Eleanor McEvoy
Sophie is a song about a woman who is struggling with an eating disorder. Eleanor McEvoy sings about how Sophie doesn’t want to be thin anymore and how she’s tired of all the pain that comes with being obsessed with her weight. This song is a powerful reminder that eating disorders are serious mental health issues that need to be addressed.
We Need to Eat – Kent
We Need to Eat is a song about an eating disorder. The lyrics talk about how the person has an eating disorder and how it’s been affecting their life. The song is about how the person wants to get better and how they need to eat in order to survive. Its lyrics are about pain, coping with an eating disorder, and having hope.
Control – Alexisonfire
One song that speaks to the experience of living with an eating disorder is Control by Alexisonfire. The lyrics capture the feeling of being out of control when it comes to food and weight, and the desperate desire to regain control. This song is a reminder that we are not alone in our struggles, and that there is hope for healing.
In Front of the Mirror – GLAM
One such song is In Front of the Mirror by GLAM. The song is about a woman who is struggling with anorexia nervosa. She talks about how she looks in the mirror and sees someone who is “skinny and frail, barely alive.” She feels that her reflection isn’t a true representation of who she really is and that the person she sees in the mirror “can never capture [her] true beauty.”
Just A Little Bit – Maria Mena
In the song, Maria Mena talks about how she’s tired of pretending to be someone she’s not just to fit in. She sings about how she’s been dieting and exercising for years, and yet she still isn’t happy with her body. This song is a great reminder that no matter how hard we try, we’ll never be happy if we’re not comfortable in our own skin.
Skin and Bones – Marianas Trench
“Skin and Bones” is a song about an individual struggling with an eating disorder. In the song, the singer talks about how they are “skin and bones” due to not eating enough. The lyrics also discuss how the person is ashamed of their disorder and feels like they’re “a freakshow”. Its lyrics are about how the singer feels like they are “skin and bones” due to not eating. “Skin and Bones” is track twelve on their debut album, Fix Me.
Someone I Once Knew – Dead Celebrity Status
Someone I Once Knew is a song about a person who has an eating disorder. The lyrics talk about how the person is “starving herself thin” and how everyone around her is oblivious to the fact that she is struggling with an eating disorder. The song highlights the importance of recognizing the warning signs of an eating disorder so that people can get help before it’s too late.
Bleed Like Me – Garbage
One of the most heartbreaking songs about eating disorders is Bleed Like Me by Garbage. The lyrics perfectly capture the turmoil and darkness that often accompanies this type of illness. Shirley Manson sings about how her eating disorder has taken over her life, and how she’s desperate for help. It’s an incredibly powerful song that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder.
Invisible – Skylar Grey
Invisible, by Skylar Grey is a haunting song all about somebody suffering through the pain of an eating disorder. It was the title track on her 2011 album “Invisible” and was written about her own experiences with an eating disorder. The lyrics are incredibly powerful and moving, painting a picture of somebody who is deeply struggling but can’t seem to break free.
If you or somebody you know is struggling with an eating disorder, this song can be a very powerful reminder that you are not alone.
Never Good Enough – Rachel Ferguson
“Never Good Enough” is a song about an individual who is struggling with an eating disorder. The lyrics reflect the person’s inner thoughts and feelings, which often revolve around self-doubt and a negative body image. The song is a powerful reminder that you are never too good or too perfect and that it’s okay to be imperfect.
Feeling Small – Marianas Trench
Marianas Trench’s “Feeling Small” is a hauntingly beautiful song about the struggles of an individual with an eating disorder. The lyrics explore the idea of being trapped in a body that feels too small, and the singer reflects on how his disorder has caused him to lose sight of who he is. This song is a powerful reminder that those affected by eating disorders are not alone, and it offers hope for recovery.
Dressed in Decay – CKY
Dressed in Decay is a song about an eating disorder. The lyrics talk about how the singer is struggling with their body image and their relationship to food. They feel like they’re “dressed in decay” because their body is falling apart due to their eating disorder. This song is a powerful reminder that eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can have devastating consequences. It’s important to remember that people with eating disorders need our support and compassion, not judgement or criticism.
Ana’s Song (Open Fire) – Silverchair
Ana’s Song (Open Fire) by Silverchair is a song about anorexia nervosa, a serious eating disorder that affects millions of people around the world. The song is about a girl named Ana who is struggling with her eating disorder and trying to find a way to break free from it. The lyrics are haunting and powerful, and they really capture the pain and desperation that comes with having an eating disorder.
Me & Mia – Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
“Me & Mia” by Ted Leo & the Pharmacists is a song about two people struggling with their eating disorders. The song explores the idea that these disorders can be very isolating, and how they can make someone feel like they are completely alone in the world. It also touches on the idea that recovery can be a difficult process, but it is ultimately worth it in the end. This song is a great reminder that we are not alone in our struggles and that there is hope for recovery.
Waltz Moore – From First to Last
Waltz Moore is a song by the post-hardcore band From First to Last. It was released on their self-titled album in 2004. The song is about a person with an eating disorder who is trying to get better, but finds it difficult to do so. Its lyrics are about Waltz Moore’s attempt to recover, and how it is hard for her to do so.
Fix Me – Mariana’s Trench
In the song “Fix Me” by Mariana’s Trench, the lead singer talks about how he’s been struggling with an eating disorder for a long time. He talks about how it’s been a difficult battle, but he’s determined to fix himself. The song is a powerful reminder that eating disorders are serious mental health issues that require treatment. It’s also a message of hope that recovery is possible.