Eugenia Cooney: Does She Need Help? No. She Has Enough Help.

I am a fan of Eugenia Cooney, and I don’t think she needs any advice to seek medical treatment — she has no shortage of it; why add more?

Everyone and their cousin, who got their medical degrees from a crackerjack box, have advised Eugenia to seek medical treatment for everything under the sun, usually anorexia. Every instagram post she makes nowadays is often loaded down with “eat a hamburger” or “get treatment” kinds of advice.

She has plenty of people, who have a license to practice instagram medicine, telling her she needs help. What she does not need, for certain, is another such person to chime in with such advice.

At this point, as best as can be told, she’s fine. She states repeatedly on YouNow that she’s fine, and as far as I’m concerned, she fine. In fact, here is a ten-minute audio supercut I made of one of her YouNow broadcasts, in which she answers questions concerning her health. If you don’t think she’s fine, what are you going to do? Oh surely, she’ll listen to you. Because it’s your advice everyone’s been waiting on. How many people does it take, repeating the same tired, unoriginal, mantra to seek help, before someone seeks it — when there is not even a problem?

Here’s the breakdown of my position:
1. If there’s something really wrong, she doesn’t owe it to us to tell us, because your own health is your business and nobody else’s. There’s a reason medical records are sealed documents that require signature authorization to access — it’s private. If she wants to keep anything private, she’s not covering it up, because it’s supposed to be covered up. It’s none of our business. The uncovering of it is what is not supposed to happen — by law!

2. To say that she needs help, to me, is to assume that she does not have an untreatable condition. On the off-chance that she may have a terminal illness for which there is no help, and for which her appearance is normal within that context, reminding her to seek help could actually continually remind her of the help she could not actually get. If it’s genetic, then there’s not really much that could be done. Take for example another YouTuber named Lizzie Velasquez, who is a motivational speaker and anti-bullying activist who has had to defend herself for much of her life about her condition — a condition which inhibits accumulation of body mass.

For all we know, Eugenia may have something similar, or some other terminal condition for which there is no known treatment, and she could be living out her days pursuing her dream of being a YouTube star.. but those telling her to get help are getting lost in the mix of haters telling her to go eat a hamburger. Again, whether she wishes to tell us about any health condition, is up to her, but so far, she insists she’s fine, and that’s good enough for me. If there even is something, whatever. If there’s not something, whatever.

3. Calling her beautiful does not reinforce an eating disorder (if there even is one), because (a) she’s an adult and not some kid who doesn’t know any better, and (b) the words of the speaker mean what the speaker means. To say that calling her beautiful is harmful, is taking the side of the creeps who says the way a woman must surely be advertising the oldest profession by the way a woman dresses. Whether a woman wears a certain kind of shirt because she wants to show off her assets, or because it’s hot outside, is her interpretation alone to make. If you shout NO to an assailant, is the assailant allowed to interpret it how they wish? If no means no, then my “beautiful” is not harmful.

4. She does see doctors. Just before her trip to LA from the northeast, she had an injury to a finger and it was in a splint for a few videos. She goes to doctors. She does seek treatment for things. You know good and well that any doctor worth the TP their degree is printed on would have brought it up. Doctors take into context all kinds of bodily issues that could affect one small injury, and address those things in the treatment of the one thing you’re there to see them for. And if any those doctors fail her, surely she can turn to the teeming swarms of iPhone warriors ready to dish out a diagnosis. Maybe the reason she’s even in LA is because there is a specialist there.

Regardless of her reasoning, Eugenia owes it to zero persons to explain anything about her health. I’m a fan. If she suddenly swells up like Marjorie Dursley from Harry Potter and floats up into the sky, I’m still a fan. It’s who she is, how she handles adversity, her general spirit and approach to life that I find beautiful, and that’s what I mean by it. If she tells us later on that she did have an ED, then my words still mean the same thing. But as far as I’m concerned, if she says she’s fine, then she’s fine, and that’s all there is to it.


31 thoughts on “Eugenia Cooney: Does She Need Help? No. She Has Enough Help.

      • That’s where you are wrong! She has made herself a public figure therefore has a responsibility to her fans. Most of her posts are related to fashion, make-up, etc. Young impressionable minds that are watching may think they need to look like her to be popular. Mixed in with the comments asking her to seek help are ones that say they want to be thin like her. If she were self harming herself by cutting publicly, would you think that’s okay? There is no difference!

    • In Africa there are children starving to death, why don’t you go and help them ? i’m pretty sure they won’t refuse your help…

  1. She is anorexic. And the problem is she wont talk about it. If she had an illnes, she would talk about it. Look at the TED video you posted. Its like comparing apples and oranges. Eugenia is beautifull, but very sick. As a fan, you should be concerned.

    • One can be just as concerned as the self-appointed medic, without being a jerk. Back off. She knows the populace is concerned — she doesn’t have to tell you or your buddies who get their medical degrees from a program Sally Struthers spoke about. If you think she hasn’t been reached yet, then you’re not even paying attention.

  2. I enjoyed your post. I fear that these people are bullying and disguising it as “helping”. I’m not sure why we Americans have this mentality that we must go in and save the day. She is not a hostage being starved. While it is sad for people that have eating disorders, it has been proven that you cannot force that person to seek help of change. They must take the steps to seek help. Many families have had their sons or daughters admitted to hospitals and rehabs, they get feeding tubes inserted and gain weight, but once released the cycle starts again. All anyone can do is have hope for her that for whatever reason she is so thin, she will seek help for herself. We do not need to ban her as some sort of wake up call. I fear that can only be more damaging to her.

  3. How god damn retarded is this article. If you think a 60 pound girl is healthy and normal. Please – point out someone who isn’t a starving african child that resembles her similar weight, or that hasn’t been diagnosed with anorexia. This article does nothing to help the situation, it perpetuates the issue. This particular blog should be taken down, that’s how stupidly ludicrous it is. Her mother has recently stated that Eugenia Cooney is REFUSING. TO. EAT.

    She is a beautiful girl, yet her weight is deteriorating her skin/hair and generally how she looks. Please take this article down and reconsider your words. Posting something such as this propaganda rubbish does nothing but help to ruin hers [Eugenia Cooney’s] and other teens/adults suffering from the disorder.

    If they resemble what she looks like currently, you’re helping provide those mental tools to push the disorder further

    • You didn’t even read a single thing I wrote if you think that’s my position. Perhaps you should take your own advice and get some help. The person you advised I point out is in the article already.

  4. Yeah, she’s a free person to do what she wants and no one is entitled to get a response from her, but sadly since she doesn’t say she a has a condition or medical issue, and says she’s “naturally skinny”, she has encouraged tons of young girls to starve themselves to look like her. I know that is not her intention and she is a nice girl, but being a public role model on YouTube isn’t safe for the young and impressionable. She doesn’t have to do what any one says, she is a free woman, but she isn’t fit to be a role model anymore. She needs to find a new job where she doesn’t have an influence on such a wide scale. It’s not what any of her fans want, but if you care about the youth that is watching her, you’d understand that YouTube isn’t the place for her.

    • @Nikolai – She has encouraged zero young girls to look like her. She has actually discouraged people from seeking to look like someone else. You can’t possibly argue that her message is the opposite of her actual message. The fault of people who wrongly interpret a source is the people, not the source.

  5. Please don’t write!

    A. You did minimal research and got many facts wrong. Poor research on Eugenia. Poor research on doctors. Poor research on eating disorders.

    B. You express your opinions as facts.

    C. Your education system failed you.

    D. Complimenting the physical appearance of someone who has an eating disorder does encourage the disorder. Even telling them they look sicky and too thin is considered a compliment.

    This girl clearly has something wrong with her and clearly is either not seeing a doctor or refusing to go to specialists that a general practitioner would refer her to. Even if she didn’t have an eating disorder but some other illness, her weight is not healthy and a doctor would have in her for testing a couple times a week at her current BMI.

    While I agree that the constant harassment and bullying is not helping her it’s still stupid to completely deny that she has a problem. That’s what is getting her slack to begin with and idiots like you enable her by saying nothing is wrong with her.

    You’re obviously an overly obsessed fan so you’re in your early teens which explains your inability to write an article like a real writer but rather like a junior high news column about how bad the tater tots are in the lunch room.

    Also, your rude come backs when someone posts legitimate criticism is even more reason to view this as a joke.

    • UrA – I can’t tell who you’re replying to.. I am not denying that a problem could exist, if you’re replying to me (you replied to someone else’s comment). The article clearly states that several problems could exist, but that it is simply none of our business.

      • Don’t make yourself a public figure if it’s “none of anyone’s business”. Seriously, this was a very poorly-written ‘opinion piece’. If you want to be taken seriously make some valid points.

  6. Great article. I agree completely with you. I am actually a 25 year old who weighs 78lbs and have no disorder or medical reason for being so thin. I have been underweight my whole life, and seeing people react like this encouraged me to share some of myself with the internet through a blog in hopes of helping people realize everyone is built differently, and some body types are rarer than others. I do have other issues unrelated to weight that are actually untreatable, and if people were harassing me about them like they are to Eugenia, it would most certainly be more harmful than helpful to me.
    Be respectful and spread kindess everyone. 🙂
    Link to my blog:

    • Thanks so much for both the response and the superb blog entries you’ve made about it so far — ! I’ll do a feature on my Eugenia fan-instagram account (@eugeniasjacks) of your article directing people to it, so your story can be shared also :-3

  7. The problem with telling her she’s beautiful and fine is that there are many, often very young, girls who read these comments, and from them, internalize the belief that skeletal thinness and frailty is beautiful, and that becomes “#goals, #bodygoals, #bodyinspiration” etc. Additionally, her being “an adult, not some kid who doesn’t know any better” is an inappropriate statement, due to the fact that anorexia (along with bulimia, food-restriction, body dysmorphia, and other similar disorders) is a mental illness that can affect persons of any age, gender, social status, any human being at all. It isn’t about the knowledge of what starving oneself does to the body, it is about the perception *in the mind of the person suffering.* This illness changes the way a person sees herself, so that when she looks in the mirror, she sees through a mental lens that adds untold pounds, not the reality of a bone thin frame. Lastly, when people say that “if Eugenia is banned from youtube for being unhealthy, obese people should be as well,” honestly consider how many people are looking at a 5′ 2″ woman who weighs 327 pounds and telling her, ” OH MY GOD GOALS! You are so beautiful, ugh, I feel too skinny when I look at you!” and all other such things that people say to those who are super-thin. A miniscule fraction of people might be trying to gain excessive amounts of weight (I have actually seen one account on Instagram where a woman said her goal was over 500 lbs), but that is anomalous and there are entirely too many who are desperate to lose weight in the most unhealthy proportions. If we truly care about the well-being of others and want to promote body positivity, we need to practice our acceptance with the intelligence to recognize when someone is dangerously unhealthy, whether that is due to extreme thinness or extreme obesity. Saying, “Eewwww, you look like a concentration camp victim, eat a sandwich” is unequivocally skinny-shaming, but, “I’m worried that your weight is getting a little too low, please take care of yourself” is an honest expression of human care and decency.

  8. I think you’re an idiot. She needs help but she can’t even admit how bad the problem is to herself. Her excuse is she’s always been skinny. But seeing every frickin bone in her body, her skeleton hands, her giant knees, everything is proving the fact she needs help. Her mom is an enabler. Give her consequences like not paying for anything of hers, etc. Etc. It she does not get help there will be consequences SHE NEEDS HEP! She’s gonna die and to think she’s fine makes u ignorant, ecspecially using the excuse she sees doctors. I guarantee not for her weight, and unless she wants help they can’t do anything. U say ur a fan but ur just another enabler. But again ur a fan, all U have to go off of is what she says, she lies about her disorder so her word is shot to shit. I personally like her and am a fan but I’m not blind. If u cared u would be one of the million people telling her to get help, it may seem useless but saying nothing is worse than saying something. Could put the idea in her head to get help before something bad happens. she needs an intervention, she needs help and she needs it now.

  9. You are batshit crazy if you believe she is fine and you are now one of the many thousands of people who are actively encouraging her to die just by the very fact that you agree she is “fine”

  10. I am very bothered by your comment. I am not a doctor. Nor do I claim to be. But it is incredibly obvious that this young girl has a condition that will likely cause her to die. The fact that you think that she is “fine” simply because he says that she is, is completely wrong. Furthermore, you seem to be encouraging her to continue this horribly unhealthy lifestyle that she lIves by carrying on this dismissive attitude towards her condition.You claim to think that she could suffer from a condition that does not allow her to gain body mass, yet she was more healthy looking just a few years ago. I’m sorry but I can not get behind anything you have said. It’s veRyan unfortunate that you chose ignorance over common sense. Shame on you. She is very sick. Denial is a very common symptoms of her illness and contrary to you seem to think she does need urgent help. Just because she was seen with a splint on her finger, doesn’t mean that she has seen a doctor who can help her with her condition. Everything you wrote is incredibly distressing. Once again, shame on you.

  11. What a stupid statement. Eugenia could have a medical condition and she could talk about it, if that’s the case. If you don’t want people thinking you’re anorexic then talk about your medical condition. Her blatant denial makes it obvious to everyone that she’s in severe denial. You can easily see her significant weight loss over time. She was always slim, but she used to be quite a bit more filled out, her face was much fuller and she looked much more normal. Now she’s visibly emaciated. People who have anorexia are in sharp denial about their appearance and deny, deny deny. That’s why it’s so obvious this is NOT natural nor a medical condition, she has an eating disorder. Her mom has even stated that she refuses to eat. Your stupidity in publishing this article is harmful to both her and her followers. People admire and emulate women who starve themselves., Would you also defend her if she was cutting herself? Because girls glamourize this destructive behavior too. Stupid stupid stupid.

  12. Are you an idiot?
    She is a skeleton with skin. She is about as far away from “fine” as you can get. If you claim to be a fan, then you’d agree she needs help.

  13. You’re a “fan” of what? An emaciated woman, who denies she has an issue, who posts endless selfies and models little-girl fashions? It’s the saddest thing I’ve ever seen. Eugenia seems incredibly isolated with only her “fans” on social media to feed her obsession with being thin and getting attention for it. Someone once asked her “what do you see yourself doing in 5 years” and she could only offer the most banal and vague answers, shrugging like a little girl would, saying nothing. She has no goals. She has no future. She’s visibly sick and in denial. And “fans” like you feed into it. It’s sickness. And you are sad for promoting it.

  14. “She goes to doctors, she seeks treatment for things”. Wow, really?. So Eugenia went to a doctor for problem with her finger. Wow, that must mean she’s actively seeking treatement for her issue? WRONG.

    An doctor treating a finger may have ten minutes to see a patient. They’re treating a FINGER, not diagnosing an eating disorder. Eating disordered people are also very good at bundling up to hide their bony figures. A doctor MAY mention a low BMI to a patient if they’re concerned but they are unlikely to spend time diagnosing an eating disorder if they are not a specialist and if the patient is unwilling to discuss it.

    Your argument is ridiculous.

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