Eugenia Cooney, a popular YouTuber, became a popular face a couple of years ago as her pictures went viral. However, the cause of the sudden fame was her dangerously thin body structure. While the YouTuber herself denied having an eating disorder, concern over her deteriorating health grew exponentially among her fans.
Finally, in February 2019, she took a break from social media and YouTube and decided to focus on her health. During that period, she went into rehab and focused all her energy on regaining her lost health. And the results were astonishing.
She returned to social media with a bang and her hour-long documentary titled The Return Of Eugenia Cooney, made by popular YouTuber Shawn Dawson has crossed 17 million views.
What Is The Documentary The Return Of Eugenia Cooney About?
The detailed documentary shot by YouTuber Shawn Dawson tells the story of 26-year-old Eugenia Cooney. It reveals how the Youtuber fell into the pit of a dangerous eating disorder and how she recovered, championing over the obstacles and making it through the challenging year.
Sharing her journey with the audience, Cooney points out how she has been thin her entire life. Having always been on the lower side of the scale, she was in denial initially when her weight started to fall beyond the healthy limits. The documentary showed several instances where her fans reached out to her, expressing their concern over her deteriorating health.
In those clips, she constantly denies having any eating disorder. She genuinely believed that she was doing fine!
While there was a loyal audience who wished well for her, a particular section of people called her out for her weight in the meanest ways possible. With passing time, the number of mean comments on her posts started to rise sharply. Some even went to the extent of wishing death upon her. As she shares in her documentary, it was tough for her to deal with all the hatred.
When both the concern of her fans and the hate messages started to pile up at an unimaginable rate, Eugenia Cooney finally decided to take a break from social media and focus on her health. She was also called out for promoting eating disorders and her family’s growing concern over her health that finally pushed her to take the leap.
Her Battle with Eating Disorder
In The Return of Eugenia Cooney, Eugenia Cooney shares her experience at the rehab facility where she stayed during her treatment. For people suffering from a similar problem, an insight of a day in a rehab facility can be beneficial. The documentary reveals how all her meals were monitored and portions were slowly increased to help her improve her appetite and get accustomed to eating the required portion of food as an adult.
Although she felt her experience at the rehab was a little weird, considering she was hidden away from the real world and constantly monitored, it did turn out to be fruitful for her. As we all can see today, Cooney looks fit and healthy and way happier.
What Can we Learn from Eugenia Cooney’s Battle with Anorexia?
Eating disorders are a problem that people hardly talk about. Some people do not care enough, some are scared to speak up, and some refuse to consider it a disorder. Cooney’s fame and Dawson’s reach ensured that her journey and experience reach millions.
The concept of Eating disorders needs to be talked about. If there’s one thing we can learn from her journey, it is every battle starts from within. She has been dangerously thin for many years. But, as soon as she recognized the problem with herself, she took a step to transform her life and she was finally able to fight the age-old issue.
Eugenia Cooney also leaves us with a lesson that during our hard times, people will leave us, they will be mean to us, and that’s okay. We only need the support of a handful of people and the determination to keep going.
The Return of Eugenia Cooney has proved helpful for Cooney as well as people going to similar disorders. As Dawson stated in the video, he aims to help Cooney feel comfortable enough to come back to social media and start over. Well, he was right. She did come back but unfortunately lost all her progress and had a terrible relapse!
While we don’t know what’s in store for her, she certainly leaves us with another important message. Retaining your progress is as important as starting to progress!