Christina Stiehl

Journalist. Freelance Writer. Full-Time Editor. Currently: Fitness Editor at POPSUGAR.  

When I was a pleasantly plump 10-year-old, my mom dragged me to my first Weight Watchers meeting along with my teacher at the time (it was a small town... I should start a GoFundMe to pay for all the therapy I've needed since then). Although I still struggled as an overweight kid, that all changed in 8th grade when I started working with a personal trainer who taught me about fitness, quality nutrition, and body acceptance. That carried me through college, where I worked at MizzouRec while studying magazine journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism

As a professional digital writer and editor with more than nine years of experience, I'm passionate about creating health, fitness, and wellness stories in a fun and approachable way. Fueled by my own experiences with depression and anxiety since high school, I'm also passionate about erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness and eager to share stories that shed light on mental health. I believe in quality over clickbait, and I'm a pro at optimizing articles for SEO and social media. I don't always make it to the gym, and sometimes I choose pizza over a salad, but I love learning about health and sharing that information with like-minded readers. 

You can find my byline in: SELF, VICE, Tonic, POPSUGAR, Men's Health, SHAPE, Thrillist, Eat This, Not That!, and more.

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Why Mental Health Matters

When I was 14, I was diagnosed with depression. I had spent the entire school year feeling empty, like each day was a hopeless endeavor in a life that wasn't worth living. When I wasn't in school or at play practice, I was sleeping. Previously an honor student, I struggled to maintain Bs and Cs. I frequently contemplated suicide, envisioning the scenarios in which I could take my life while inflicting the least amount of trauma on my family.