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40 Songs About Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Bulimia, and Body Image

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I have struggled with eating disorders for most of my life, and work to promote awareness and options for those suffering around the world.

40 of the best songs about eating disorders.

40 of the best songs about eating disorders.

There are many songs out there with lyrics that relate to eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia. These songs can give outsiders a glimpse into the world of eating disorders, and many sufferers can relate to their lyrics. Not all of these songs are directly about these illnesses, but they may be relatable to many in some way!

Songs About Anorexia and Body Image

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1. "Courage" by Superchick

15. "Tunic (Song for Karen)" by Sonic Youth

29. "Skin & Bones" by Motion City Soundtrack

2. "Eyesore" by Maria Mena

16. "Sophie" by Eleanor McEvoy

30. "We Need to Eat" by Kent

3. "Control" by Alexisonfire

17. "In Front of the Mirror" by GLAM

31. "Just A Little Bit" by Maria Mena

4. "Skin and Bones" by Mariana's Trench

18. "Someone I Once Knew" by Dead Celebrity Status

32. "Bleed Like Me" by Garbage

5. "Invisible" by Skylar Grey

19. "Never Good Enough" by Rachel Ferguson

33. "Feeling Small" by Mariana's Trench

6. "Dressed in Decay" by CKY

20. "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" by Silverchair

34. "Me & Mia" by Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

7. "Waltz Moore" by From First to Last

21. "Fix Me" by Mariana's Trench

35. "Beauty From Pain" by Superchick

8. "My Silent Undoing" by Queen Adreena

22. "Deadly Beauty" by Faces Without Names

36. "Paper Bag" by Fiona Apple

9. "A Blood Red Bracelet" by Corinna Fugate

23. "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" by Maria Mena

37. "Please Eat" by Nicole Dollaganger

10. "Breathe Me" by Sia

24. "Starving For Attention" by Geri Karlstrom

38. "Live Happy, Live With Anorexia" by Stage

11. "Cause and Effect" by Maria Mena

25. "Ugly" by 2NE1

39. "Skinny" by Filter

12. "Ana & Mia" by The Trews

26. "Numbers" by Pompeii

40. "Two" by The Antlers

13. "Mary Jane" by Alanis Morissette

27. "I Hate the Way" by Polly Scattergood

14. "She's Falling Apart" by Lisa Loeb

28. "Buried Myself Alive" by The Used

1. "Courage" by Superchick

Album: Beauty from Pain 1.1

Genre: Christian pop music

Release Date: 2006

Band Members: Tricia Brock, Max Hsu, Matt Dally, Chase Lovelace, Brandon Estelle, Dave Clo

Best Lyrics in "Courage" by Superchick

I know the right words to say
Like 'I don't feel well', 'I ate before I came'
Then someone tells me how good I look
And for a moment, for a moment I am happy
But when I'm alone, no one hears me cry

2. "Eyesore" by Maria Mena

Album: Cause and Effect

Genre: Pop

Release Date: 2008

Band Members: Maria Mena

Best Lyrics in "Eyesore" by Maria Mena

The ugly naked truth
She starves me of my youth
And I stand alone until you catch on
I swear it's not by choice
But Ana has this voice
And it calms me down, it gives me purpose

3. "Control" by Alexisonfire

Album: Watch Out!

Genre: Post-hardcore, emo

Release Date: 2004

Band Members: Dallas Green, Wade MacNeil, George Pettit, Jordan Hastings, Chris Steele, Jesse Ingelevics

Best Lyrics in "Control" by Alexisonfire

You say that you're in control,
You say that you are
I can't think of a time
When you looked less alive

4. "Skin and Bones" by Mariana's Trench

Album: Fix Me

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 2006

Band Members: Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb, Mike Ayley, Ian Casselman

Best Lyrics in "Skin and Bones" by Mariana's Trench

"Feeling so easy
Make me skin and bones
I'm always on my knees for you"

5. "Invisible" by Skylar Grey

Album: N/A

Genre: Pop

Release Date: 2011

Band Members: Skylar Grey

Best Lyrics in "Invisible" by Skylar Grey

I take these pills to make me thin
I dye my hair, and cut my skin

6. "Dressed in Decay" by CKY

Album: An Answer Can Be Found

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 2005

Band Members: Jess Margera, Chad I Ginsburg, Matt Janaitis, Daniel Davies, Deron Miller, Matt Deis, Vernon Zaborowski, Ryan Bruni

Best Lyrics in "Dressed in Decay" by CKY

You see the struggle flood the skin
From promises to paper-thin
She turns a blind eye, will of stone
From stunning smile to flesh and bone

7. "Waltz Moore" by From First to Last

Album: Heroine

Genre: Alternative/Indie

Release Date: 2006

Band Members: Matt Good, Sonny Moore, Travis Richter, Derek Bloom

Best Lyrics in "Waltz Moore" by From First to Last

I can't remember
The last time I've seen my own eyes
Or the color of my skin
Do you know what it's like to feel ugly all the time?

8. "My Silent Undoing" by Queen Adreena

Album: Drink Me

Genre: Progressive metal

Release Date: 2002

Band Members: KatieJane Garside, Crispin Gray, Melanie Garside, Pete Howard, Orson Wajih, Billy Freedom, Richard Adams

Best Lyrics in "My Silent Undoing" by Queen Adreena

Protruding hips and skull and spine
Ribcage cuts a clear outline

9. "A Blood Red Bracelet" by Corinna Fugate

Band Members: Corinna Fugate

Best Lyrics in "A Blood Red Bracelet" by Corinna Fugate

A blood red bracelet, is all that's feeding me
Don't you see why you need me?
It's because I keep you free from need

10. "Breathe Me" by Sia

Album: Song for the TV Show Six Feet Under

Genre: Alternative/Indie

Release Date: 2002

Band Members: Sia

Best Lyrics in "Breathe Me" by Sia

Help, I have done it again
I have been here many times before
Hurt myself again today
And the worst part is there's no one else to blame

11. "Cause and Effect" by Maria Mena

Album: Cause and Effect

Genre: Pop

Release Date: 2008

Band Members: Maria Mena

Best Lyrics in "Cause and Effect" by Maria Mena

I can't laugh too hard, I'm on a diet.
I'm trying to lose myself,
You ought to try it.
Just starve for six days straight,
Oh, it's a riot

12. "Ana & Mia" by The Trews

Album: Den of Thieves

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 2005

Band Members: Colin MacDonald, John-Angus MacDonald, Jack Syperek, Sean Dalton, Gavin Maguire

Best Lyrics in "Ana & Mia" by The Trews

It sucks you in, so it begins
Turning your insides out
Skin and bones, you're all alone
It's killing you slowly now
How Ana & Mia stay beautiful all day

13. "Mary Jane" by Alanis Morissette

Album: Jagged Little Pill

Genre: Pop

Release Date: 1995

Band Members: Alanis Morissette

Best Lyrics in "Mary Jane" by Alanis Morissette

I hear you're losing weight again Mary Jane
Do you ever wonder who you're losing it for?

14. "She's Falling Apart" by Lisa Loeb

Album: Cake and Pie

Genre: Pop

Release Date: 2002

Band Members: Lisa Loeb

Best Lyrics in "She's Falling Apart" by Lisa Loeb

They pull up their chairs to the table
She stares at the food on her plate
At the toast and the butter, her father, her mother
She pushes away

15. "Tunic (Song for Karen)" by Sonic Youth

Album: Goo

Genre: Alternative

Release Date: 1990

Band Members: Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Richard Edson, Anne DeMarinis, Bob Bert, Jim Sclavunos, Steve Shelley, Jim O'Rourke, Mark Ibold

Best Lyrics in "Tunic (Song for Karen)" by Sonic Youth

I feel like I'm disappearing
Getting smaller every day
But I look in the mirror
And I'm bigger in every way

16. "Sophie" by Eleanor McEvoy

Album: Snapshots

Genre: Folk

Release Date: 1999

Band Members: Eleanor McEvoy

Best Lyrics in "Sophie" by Eleanor McEvoy

Sophie cannot finish her dinner
Says she's eaten enough
Sophie's trying to make herself thinner
Says she's eating too much

17. "In Front of the Mirror" by GLAM

Album: N/A

Genre: Pop

Release Date: 2013

Band Members: GLAM

Best Lyrics in "In Front of the Mirror" by GLAM

I prayed that I would look different in the mirror again today
Because I hated that anyone could see how I am ugly
But actually, I think I gained more weight than yesterday

18. "Someone I Once Knew" by Dead Celebrity Status

Album: N/A

Genre: Hip-hop/rap

Release Date: 2006

Band Members: Yas Taalat, Bobby McIntosh, DJ Dopey

Best Lyrics in "Someone I Once Knew" by Dead Celebrity Status

She wasn't born anorexic, but nowadays she suffers,
Staring at these half-naked stars on magazine covers
Feeling pressured by the public
She only weighs 90 pounds but still sucks in her stomach

19. "Never Good Enough" by Rachel Ferguson

Album: N/A

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 2008

Band Members: Rachel Ferguson

Best Lyrics in "Never Good Enough" by Rachel Ferguson

Everybody said she was a winner
No one knew the secret kept within her
Starving for perfection
Hating her reflection

20. "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" by Silverchair

Album: Neon Ballroom

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 1999

Band Members: Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies, Chris Joannou, Paul Mac, Julian Hamilton

Best Lyrics in "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" by Silverchair

And you're my obsession
I love you to the bones
And Ana wrecks your life
Like an anorexia life

Celebrities Who Suffered From Eating Disorders

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Elton John

Jane Fonda

Jordan Younger

Alanis Morissette

Russell Brand

Ginger Zee

Paula Abdul

Troian Bellisario

Zoe Kravitz

Demi Lovato

Lily Collins

Shawn Johnson

Zayn Malik

Candace Cameran Bure

Molly Sims

Lady Gaga

Portia De Rossi

Whitney Cummings

21. "Fix Me" by Mariana's Trench

Album: Fix Me

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 2006

Band Members: Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb, Mike Ayley, Ian Casselman

Best Lyrics in "Fix Me" by Mariana's Trench

And if you're ever feeling you're
Bruised and battered, always sore
And I wont tell no one
Just breathe, breathe

22. "Deadly Beauty" by Faces Without Names

Album: Live In San Francisco '87 (Wolfgang's 14Th May 1987) [Remastered]

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 1987

Band Members: Alexa and Natalee Falk

Best Lyrics in "Deadly Beauty" by Faces Without Names

Skips school, wont eat, can barely sleep
Takes drastic measures
Runs seven miles a day in the sun
Wearing a sweater

23. "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" by Maria Mena

Album: Cause and Effect

Genre: Pop

Release Date: 2008

Band Members: Maria Mena

Best Lyrics in "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" by Maria Mena

This hunger grows inside me like a tumor
The dizziness just compliments this failure of a girl
I'm settled now, the show of mine consumes me
But every pound I shed speaks volumes of my lack of self-control

24. "Starving For Attention" by Geri Karlstrom

Band Members: Geri Karlstrom

Best Lyrics in "Starving For Attention" by Geri Karlstrom

Bones are beautiful
My drug of choice
Starving for perfection

25. "Ugly" by 2NE1

Album: Nolza tour

Genre: Dance/electronic

Release Date: 2011

Band Members: Bom, Dara, CL, Minzy

Best Lyrics in "Ugly" by 2NE1

I think I'm ugly
And nobody wants to love me
Just like her I wanna be pretty, I wanna be pretty
Don't lie to my face 'cause I know I'm ugly

26. "Numbers" by Pompeii

Album: Assembly

Genre: Alternative/Indie

Release Date: 2006

Band Members: Dean Stafford, Erik Johnson, Rob Davidson, Colin Butler, Caitlin Bailey, Shane Stevens

Best Lyrics in "Numbers" by Pompeii

My problems hide in numbers
That leave when I gag and heave
I weighed out every option
That scale's not fit for advice

27. "I Hate the Way" by Polly Scattergood

Album: Polly Scattergood

Genre: Alternative/Indie, Pop

Release Date: 2009

Band Members: Polly Scattergood

Best Lyrics in "I Hate the Way" by Polly Scattergood

Maybe if I skip my dinner
Make myself pretty and thinner

28. "Buried Myself Alive" by The Used

Album: The Used

Genre: Emo/hardcore

Release Date: 2002

Band Members: Bert McCracken, Quinn Allman, Justin Shekoski, Jeph Howard, Branden Steineckert, Dan Whitesides, Bob Bryar

Best Lyrics in "Buried Myself Alive" by The Used

I guess it's ok, I puked the day away
I guess it's better you trapped yourself in your own way

29. "Skin & Bones" by Motion City Soundtrack

Album: My Dinosaur Life

Genre: Alternative/Indie, Rock

Release Date: 2010

Band Members: Justin Pierre, Tony Thaxton, Joshua Cain, Jesse Johnson, Claudio Rivera, Matthew Taylor

Best Lyrics in "Skin & Bones" by Motion City Soundtrack

What if there's nothing more to me?
I'm just skin and bones.
What if there's nothing more to you?
What if there's nothing left for us?

30. "We Need to Eat" by Kent

Band Members: Joakim Berg, Martin Sköld, Sami Sirviö, Markus Mustonen, Harri Mänty, Martin Roos, Thomas Bergqvist

Best Lyrics in "We Need to Eat" by Kent

I say: You need to eat
She says: I'll feed on your breath
What if I leave?
She says: Without you I'll be dead

31. "Just A Little Bit" by Maria Mena

Album: Mellow

Genre: Pop

Release Date: 2004

Band Members: Maria Mena

Best Lyrics in "Just A Little Bit" by Maria Mena

Just a little bit pretty
Just a little more aware
Just a little bit thinner
And maybe I'd get there

32. "Bleed Like Me" by Garbage

Album: Bleed Like Me

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 2005

Band Members: Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson, Eric Avery

Best Lyrics in "Bleed Like Me" by Garbage

Avalanche is sullen and too thin
She starves herself to rid herself of sin
And the kick is so divine when she sees bones beneath her skin
And she says, hey baby can you bleed like me?

33. "Feeling Small" by Mariana's Trench

Album: Marianas Trench EP

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 2002

Band Members: Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb, Mike Ayley, Ian Casselman

Best Lyrics in "Feeling Small" by Mariana's Trench

This one's of me, throwing up for you
And I'm paler still, and that's the way you wanted it

34. "Me & Mia" by Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

Album: Shake the Sheets

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 2004

Band Members: Ted Leo, James Canty, Chris Wilson, Amy Farina, Dave Lerner, Marty Key, Dorien Garry, Jodi V.B.

Best Lyrics in "Me & Mia" by Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

Fighting for the smallest goal: to get a little self-control
I see it in your eyes, I see it in your spine
But call your friends,
'cause we've forgotten what it's like to eat what's rotten

35. "Beauty From Pain" by Superchick

Album: Beauty From Pain

Genre: Christian rock

Release Date: 2005

Band Members: Tricia Brock, Max Hsu, Matt Dally, Chase Lovelace, Brandon Estelle, Dave Clo

Best Lyrics in "Beauty From Pain" by Superchick

After all this has passed, I still will remain
After I've cried my last, there'll be beauty from pain
Though it won't be today, someday I'll hope again
And there'll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

36. "Paper Bag" by Fiona Apple

Album: When the Pawn...

Genre: Alternative/Indie, Pop

Release Date: 1999

Band Members: Fiona Apple

Best Lyrics in "Paper Bag" by Fiona Apple

I got to fold 'cause these hands are too shaky to hold
Hunger hurts, but starving works, when it costs too much to love

37. "Please Eat" by Nicole Dollaganger

Album: Ode to Dawn Wiener: Embarrassing Love Songs

Genre: Alternative/Indie

Release Date: 2013

Band Members: Nicole Dollaganger

Best Lyrics in "Please Eat" by Nicole Dollaganger

Cause I know you can only starve so much
'Til you like how it feels
Sitting on a throne of bones
Staring at that cold meal

38. "Live Happy, Live With Anorexia" by Stage

Album: Stage

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 2002

Band Members: Ryan Stahr

Best Lyrics in "Live Happy, Live With Anorexia" by Stage

When the feast is over, the pain begins
And holds until you have
No more stomach to digest
So live happy, live with anorexia

39. "Skinny" by Filter

Album: Title of Record

Genre: Rock

Release Date: 1999

Band Members: Richard Patrick, Oumi Kapila, Ashley Dzerigian, Chris Reeve, Bobby Miller

Best Lyrics in "Skinny" by Filter

Skinny
And it will make you cry
Skinny
And it will make you lie
Skinny

40. "Two" by The Antlers

Album: Hospice

Genre: Alternative/Indie

Release Date: 2009

Band Members: Peter Silberman, Darby Cicci, Michael Lerner

Best Lyrics in "Two" by The Antlers

And no one paid attention when you just stopped eating
Eighty-seven pounds and this all bears repeating

More Songs About Eating Disorders

ArtistSong

Manic Street Preachers

"4st 7lb"

Saves the Day

"Cars and Calories"

Jenny You're Barely Alive

"Jenny You're Barely Alive"

Luna chicks

"Binge and Purge"

queen adreena

"My Silent Undoing"

pulp

"Anorexic Beauty"

Foo Fighters

"Skin and Bones"

Questions & Answers

Question: Do these songs trigger or inspire recovery?

Answer: I think it really depends on a person's mindset and where they are in their illness. Of course, someone with an eating disorder should consider how these songs will make them feel before they listen.

© 2011 Nora B

Comments

alive on July 14, 2019:

Oh Ana by mother mother is a good one!

Morgue on February 25, 2019:

You got a Spotify playlist?

maya on February 27, 2018:

anything by elysiansoul

ana on May 13, 2017:

check up Ana's Shotgun channel on YouTube, they have rare songs about ED

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