Using Music to Heal & Support

“At the time I had just started going through the realization that I’d spent many years in a very unhealthy relationship with food and battling different versions of eating disorders, and I’d never really spoken it out loud or talked about it. And for whatever reason, that song sparked the idea of, I wanted to talk about this,…”    Matthew Koma, Singer/Songwriter & Co-Writer of “Clarity” 

Recently, I began following the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) on social media and came across a post about a singer/songwriter, Matthew Koma, who has released a new song about his battle with an eating disorder. Koma, 29, shares the story of his struggle with anorexia through a new song, “Dear Ana.” He identifies that his unhealthy relationship with food began when he was young and spiraled out of control over the years. Koma hit rock bottom and sought professional help to deal with issues surrounding body image with the support of his family and friends. He expresses that music has been an outlet for him as it has helped him cope and process his experiences. Koma speaks about his experiences with body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and anxiety to help others who are experiencing mental illness. Matthew Koma’s story is very inspiring as it signifies the need to spread awareness about mental illness and provide support for individuals impacted by mental illness. Further, Koma’s story is very uplifting for individuals struggling with eating disorders, especially from the male perspective. The link for the song and NEDA blog post are below:
Lastly, there is help and hope for indiviudals who are facing challenges with mental health. If you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder or any mental health issue, here are some resources below:

National Eating Disorders Association
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Psychology Today

American Psychological Association  

American Counseling Association

“Mental illness and eating disorders can affect anyone—every age, race, and gender—and I’m so proud to be a part of a community that builds strength together out of weakness.” Matthew Koma, Singer/Songwriter 


Published by: Seun Aina

Seun Aina is a Nigerian American woman who has a passion for positive body image, multiculturalism, and women's issues. As a woman who has experienced body image challenges, Seun Aina would like to empower other women to discover their inner strength and overcome their issues with body image. She created this blog to encourage healing and exploration of identity as it relates to body image and mental health. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

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