32 Songs About Eating Disorders & Weight Insecurities

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32 Songs About Eating Disorders & Weight Insecurities

In 1963, Mahalia Jackson released a song called, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.” After many decades, these words still ring true.

We often don’t know what a person is struggling with, even musicians. They will often use their music to give us insight into their struggles. Many of them have been candid about their struggles with eating disorders and insecurities about their bodies.

In this article, we’ve listed songs that deal with eating disorders and body insecurities.

I. New songs about eating disorders (2020, 2021)

Musicians and artists have always used their music to open up about their struggles with eating disorders and deal with their bodies’ insecurities.

1) Day by Day

Artist: Picturesque
Year: 2020
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“Day by day” is a heart-wrenching song that tells the story of a woman who struggles with anxiety and Bulimia Nervosa.

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2) Girl Within The Ghost

Artist: ElysianSoul
Year: 2018
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“Girl Within The Ghost” was written by ElysianSoul, a recovered anorexic. In this song, she describes the pain of someone ElysianSoul wrote girl Within The Ghost

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3) Sober

Artist: Demi Lovato
Album: Sober
Year: 2018
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Demi Lovato has been candid about her struggles with her body and weight. She has been outspoken against the toxic comments on her weight.

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II. Songs about eating too much

Not all songs about food and eating have dark themes. In some cases, songs about eating and food can be cheerful and have a good time.

1) Peaches

Year: 1995
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2) Dinner Bell

Album: Apollo 18
Year: 1992
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3) Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk

Album: Poses
Year: 2001
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4) Eggs & Sausage

Artist: Tom Waits
Year: 1975
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5) Savoy Truffle

Artist: The Beatles
Year: 1968
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6) Milk & Cereal

Year: 2000
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III. Songs about weight insecurities

Struggling with weight insecurities can debilitating affect a person’s mental health. This isn’t just for anyone who isn’t a celebrity.

Musicians who are in the spotlight have to deal with their struggles in the public’s view. Musical artists in these situations will often turn to their music to deal with their struggles.

1) Courage

Artist: Superchick
Year: 2005
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The former Superchick band member, Melissa Brock, wrote “Courage” to show the harmfuleffects of anorexia. 

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2) Video

Artist: India.Arie
Year: 2012
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Musician India Arie wrote “Video” to express self-love and body positivity. She had struggled with insecurities about the shape of her body.

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3) My Body is a Cage

Artist: Arcade Fire
Album: Neon Bible
Year: 2007
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4) I Hate My Body

Artist: Jackie Cohen
Year: 2018
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“I Hate My Body” describes someone’s struggles with anxiety and their struggles with accepting their body. Cohen uses lines, “My body’s breaking. Am I not too young to need a replacement?”

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5) Ana’s Song (Open Fire)

Artist: Silverchair
Year: 1999
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Decades later, “Ana’s Song (Open Fire)” remains one of the most influential songs about dealing with health and anorexia.

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6) 6/10

Artist: Dodie
Album: You
Year: 2017
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7) Car Park

Artist: Fenne Lily
Album: On Hold
Year: 2018
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IV. Vocaloid songs about eating disorders

Some Vocaloid songs sound upbeat but deal with dark themes such as anxiety and eating disorders.

1) My Pride

Artist: Nene & AVANNA
Album: SANS
Year: 2013
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2) Appetite of a People-Pleaser

Artist: GHOST
Year: 2018
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3) ANORE-XIA  Kotoba Project feat. MEIKO V3

Artist: Kotoba Project feat. MEIKO V3
Album: Unknown
Year: 2017
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4) Sweet Prison

Artist: Arupaki feat. Eleanor Forte
Album: Unknown
Year: 2020
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5) Over ✖ dosage

Artist: Kichi feat. 初音ミク V4X
Album: Unknown
Year: 2020
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6) TOUGH LOVE

Artist: IMPOSTOR feat. 巡音ルカ V4X
Album: Unknown
Year: 2021
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V. Songs about food for toddlers

Some parents might believe it’s never too early to teach their children to have a positive attitude regarding food.

1) Bananaphone

Artist: Raffi
Album: Bananaphone
Year: 1994
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2) The Super-Supper March

Artist: Dr. Seuss
Year: 1999
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3) Piranha

Artist: Levity Beet
Year: 2017
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4) You’ve Got Food on Your Face

Artist: Kath Bee
Year: 2017
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5) Fruit Salad Serenade

Artist: Billy Jonas ft Ashley Jo Farmer, Sherman Hoover, Juan Hollady
Year: 2014
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6) Hungry, Hungry Herbivore

Album: Vol. One
Year: 2017
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VI. Songs with hungry in the lyrics

Not all songs with the words “hungry” or “hunger” in their title or lyrics are about food. These words can also mean desire and ambition to do better or keep going.

1) Hungry

Year: 2017
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This song was released while Fergie went through her separation from her Josh Duhamel. It’s about overcoming obstacles in one’s life.

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2) Hungry

Artist: Dotan
Album: 7 Layers
Year: 2014
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3) Hungry

Artist: Fantan Mojah
Year: 2005
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4) Hungry

Artist: Lita Ford
Album: Stiletto
Year: 1990
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5) Hungry

Artist: White Lion
Album: Pride
Year: 1987
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