Eating Disorders Poems

Published: February 2020

Poems About Having An Eating Disorder

We are all bombarded with messages about how we should look and how much we should weigh. Many people struggle with eating disorder tendencies. For some people, they binge and purge. Others significantly restrict their consumption of food and over-exercise. It’s all in pursuit of the “perfect” body. What can begin as a desire to be healthier can quickly turn into a paralyzing obsession. It feels as though the number on the scale is never good enough. The figure seen in the mirror is severely distorted in the mind of someone with an eating disorder. As with any other mental illness, it’s important to seek help from professionals who are trained to bring healing and restoration.

Every year, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is held during the last week in February. It's a time to raise awareness about these disorders and offer resources and support to those who are facing these struggles. If you would like to know more about eating disorders, use a screening tool for yourself or a loved one, or find out how to get the necessary help, check out National Eating Disorders Association.

11 Poems About Having An Eating Disorder

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  1. 1. My Not-Addiction

    • By Sydney W.
    • Published: February 2014

    in Drug Abuse Poems

    It's not an addiction,
    Really it's not.
    But that mirror,
    It's a source of affliction.

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    I have also struggled with my eating, and I loved the way you depicted anorexia through your imagery. I loved your stanzas about the scales and the mirror. With an eating disorder, no matter...

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  2. 2. Now You've Recovered

    • By Charles A Cino
    • Published: November 2016

    in Mental Illness Poems

    When you recover, what will you do?
    When you recover, will you still be you?
    Will you be stronger, will you be new,
    When you recover from what you've been through?

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    I've been to hell and back, as a survivor of CSA. Your poem inspired me in such a deep way; the healing process strips us of our former identities and we stand empty and alone, trying to...

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  4. 3. I'm Your Disease

    in Addiction Poems

    Sucked like a vacuum, I held my fear,
    built up anger you want to hold near.

    Shaking and trembling is what I feel,

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    I recently stumbled across this poem as I was looking for a literature analysis topic. I searched and read hundreds of poems, and this one pulled me in. Every time I read it, it grabs me in a...

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  5. 4. The Lies She Told

    • By Mika Wright
    • Published: December 2013

    in Hurting Poems by Teens

    When she smiles and laughs,
    It no longer sounds hollow,
    For she has learned
    To mask her sorrow.

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    Goodbye, my sweet Lori. Wishing you were still alive and in our family, hearts, and homes. On September 25, 2018, Lori Denise Gonzales was called home to heaven by the dear Lord, leaving...

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  7. 5. Finding A Voice

    • By Emily E. Williams
    • Published: May 2020

    in Mental Illness Poems

    I scream, yet I am not heard.
    I try to talk, but my mouth won't open.
    I am not myself anymore,
    but I can tell that to no one.

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    • Votes 63
    • Rating 4.70
  8. 6. Eyes Shut To The Obvious

    • By Mona K
    • Published: August 2015

    in Mental Illness Poems

    It's what I think about every minute of the day,
    In the car, during physics; "It's dangerous," they say.
    In the morning, at school, in the bathroom, in bed,
    "You'll fail. You're a failure," is all my mind said.

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    • Votes 43
    • Rating 4.42
  9. 7. The Truth

    • By Caley House
    • Published: November 2013

    in Depression Poems by Teens

    Slippery, sweet, syrupy words sticking in my brain
    A lie
    They won't go away no matter how much I try to send them back to where they came from
    A lie

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    • Rating 4.32
  10. 8. Restriction

    • By Lorena
    • Published: September 2018

    in Mental Illness Poems

    When I was fifteen I starved myself,
    hoping I could then accept myself,
    but with all the weight I dropped,
    the burning self-hate never stopped.

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    • Rating 4.76
  11. 9. Master Of Disguise

    • By Lkglauren
    • Published: May 2016

    in Depression Poems by Teens

    She is skillful at deceiving.
    No one even has a clue.
    Her pretty words are weaving
    Throughout the souls of me and you,

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    Hey,
    I understand how you feel. It's really sad when people don't notice. Sometimes, I need a hug, but there's no one to give me the hug, so, I hug myself and tell myself it's going to be...

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  12. 10. Rising From The Sink

    • By Beth Chorley
    • Published: February 2014

    in Inspirational Poems by Teens

    Crippling waves of anxiety smash against the sides of the boat.
    Broken pieces of the sailing structure fall away into the boundless space of the sea.
    The current is rough, and I realize I have chosen a destructive path.
    I look around at my deck. It is empty and I stand aboard unaided,

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    • Rating 4.68
  13. 11. I Can't Eat It

    • By Amber
    • Published: April 2011

    in Mental Illness Poems

    The food is all around.
    I can't eat it.
    They are watching.
    They will call me a pig.

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    I have an eating disorder and it hurts inside. These poems really help

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