We Need To Stop Ignoring Eating Disorder in Popular Culture

A Cry to Help Eugenia Cooney

People aren't paying enough attention, and we need to.


We've all seen those conspiracy theory videos about YouTubers, whether it's investigating Marina Joyce and her alleged kidnapping or if Jake Paul is actually a psychopath. This theories often come and go, trending on Twitter for a few days until someone comes out with a new challenge video or when Buzzfeed introduces the untold story of a mass-murderer.

In the past few years, the news surrounding Eugenia Cooney has not gained great popularity, but a recent music video by Niki DeMar that featured her among a small group of fellow YouTubers brought more coverage on Cooney's history. Specifically, a comment made by DeMar on her own video uncovered a truth that many have chosen to ignore: Eugenia's eating disorder.

Many have argued that Cooney is dangerously thin for years, but when her fans commented on her appearance, she completely disregarded their concerns. Whenever she would briefly address the subject, she claimed she was fine and there was nothing to worry about.

Of course, no one knows the entire truth, as Cooney often states she is simply "naturally skinny." Yes, when comparing her past videos to her recent ones, it's clear that she has always been a thin girl. However, she has noticeably lost weight among the years, a transformation that has left many scared for her life.

In 2016, Cooney noticed the backlash she was receiving from her viewers who would leave aggressive comments on her videos. Numerous followers condemned her content for encouraging young girls to strive for her body. She responded to this with an apology video, in which she vaguely touched upon the topic of her appearance and said she was in no way trying to influence anyone. She seemed to intentionally avoid the subject of weight, which some argued was another sign that she is likely struggling with a disorder.

DeMar's video seems to be one of the first times someone who has actually interacted with Eugenia has exposed her eating disorder. The only person who has repeatedly collaborated with Cooney in her videos has been her mother, who some claim is only encouraging her unhealthy behavior. Whether or not Cooney has made a conscious effort to isolate herself from the YouTube community is unknown.

Despite many people's attempts to reach out to Eugenia in hopes of providing help, including an invitation from Dr. Phil, she has refused to address the issue. Not only has this upset fellow members of the YouTube community, but a majority of her fans who just want to see her health improve.

I am not a doctor, I am not here to diagnose Eugenia Cooney with anything. But, as someone who has struggled with an eating disorder myself, I know how manipulative they can be. You often ignore people's questions, you refuse to communicate with those who you think may try to "ruin your progress," and you hide your pain under a facade of smiles. If she is refusing to address the comments on her videos regarding her weight (which make a large majority of the comment section), there has to be something going on.

Above all, I hope that DeMar's video may encourage people to speak up about Eugenia in a respectful way so she can get the help she deserves. There has always been a lack of discussion regarding the severity of eating disorders in our current culture, but Eugenia Cooney is a topic we need to bring up. This a young woman who is full of life and has so much positivity to offer, but will not be able to do so if she does not face the reality of her situation.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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