In this episode, we kick off a new series on the podcast that focuses on the power of storytelling with the help of authors who originally had their stories published on the TWLOHA blog. Today, we’re hearing from Bianca Mujica, who talks about her journey with disordered eating. In the second half of the episode, she and host Lindsay Kolsch discuss the impact of societal beauty standards, how eating disorders are oftentimes not recognized as a mental illness, and the important role counseling played in Bianca’s recovery.
“I grew up watching a lot of Disney Channel. And I never really felt like I saw anybody that looked like me. I remember from a very young age, thinking that being tall, blond, skinny, light skin, blue eyes was the epitome of beauty. I even wanted to change my name, because I didn't think that it was a name that people on TV would have. And so I definitely had this idea of what it looked like or what I should look like. I definitely would see the billboards, the magazines, the commercials. In my mind, like, if this is what people are putting money into, this is what people are selling in the stores, then this must be what I should want to be.”
This episode of the TWLOHA podcast was hosted and produced by Lindsay Kolsch with editorial support by Rebecca Ebert. Music assistance was provided by James Likeness and Ben Tichenor.
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