[Interview] Shannon Lagasse: On healing an eating disorder


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We’re so excited to have as our first interview Shannon Lagasse, author of the recently published book, Why Can’t You Just Eat?, and a writer and speaker at Hunger for Happiness. As a recovered anorexic, bulimic, and binge eater, Shannon now strives to coach other women on loving their body and developing a healthy, balanced relationship with food. She also, we found out, rocks some serious s**t on rollerskates!

1. Tell us about your book, Why Can’t You Just Eat?

My book is about understanding the mindset of eating disorders. The number one problem I see in treatment — from providers as well as family, friends, and caregivers — is that most people don’t actually understand what it’s like. They might read the books, they might have a psychological understanding of it, they might get the behaviors, but they don’t know what it’s like, mentally and emotionally, to struggle with an eating disorder.

Why Can’t You Just Eat? bridges the gap. It’s already being recommended by practitioners to their patients and used in classrooms to help students gain a fuller understanding of what it means to struggle with an eating disorder.

2. What has been the saddest or most difficult thing for you to see or experience throughout your journey with body image, food and health? 

Probably the saddest thing is that so many people think there’s no way out. I remember being told that while I might “recover” from my eating disorder in the sense that I’d be physically healthy again, that I’d never ever fully recover from the eating disorder. Food would always have control over me, and there was nothing I could do about it.

That’s complete bullsh*t, and the fact that people perpetuate that idea, especially professionals, thinking that they’re “serving” their clients by being “honest” with them is just sad.

3. And what has been the best, most beauty-filled thing? 

The best thing is that ditching the diet and loving yourself the way you are is becoming more of a thing now. People are talking about eating disorders, rather than keeping them under wraps. There are lots of great role models out there now. That’s amazing.

4. What does beauty mean (or lok like, or feel like) for you? 

Beauty is in everything. A friend of mine once said, “Why would you create a definition of beauty that doesn’t include yourself?” and that’s stuck with me. I’ve expanded it to ask “Why can’t everything be beautiful?” because, really, there’s something beautiful in everything. It’s just how you look at it.

5. If you had one wish for everyone in the world, what would it be? 

I wish everyone would see just how magnificent they really are. It’s not that it’s not there; it’s just buried under layers of stories, of experiences, of lies we’ve told ourselves about our worthiness and desirability.

6. What is your go-to “thing” for instant joy? 

Right now it’s worship music. I don’t speak that much about my faith, because it’s a new thing for me and I think a lot of people have judgment against it, but nothing gets me back into the present moment and my joy like worship.

7. Best song ever for dancing? 

First one that came to mind was Move Shake Drop [by Pitbull]. Dance to that sh*t on rollerskates, and life will never be the same again.


{Photos: Pexel / Shannon Lagasse}

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Shannon Lagasse

Shannon Lagasse

Shannon Lagasse is the founder of Hunger for Happiness, a business dedicated to changing the way women relate to themselves, their bodies, and the world around them. She is also a recovered anorexic, bulimic, and binge eater turned health coach whose message is one of self-love and self-compassion in the healing and recovery process, whether from an eating disorder or emotional eating. Shannon inspires women worldwide through her writing, coaching, and speaking. Visit Shannon online or book her to speak at

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