Christina Stiehl

Experienced Digital Health and Fitness Editor and Writer. Currently: Senior Fitness Editor at POPSUGAR.  

When I was 10 years 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). Succumbing to the pressure of diet culture led to a spiral of low self esteem, a poor relationship with food, and disordered eating.

Later in my teen years, I developed a healthier relationship with fitness when I started working out with a personal trainer; I discovered women can lift heavy, and working out shouldn't be a chore. I also met with a registered dietitian who helped me understand proper nutrition for an adolescent girl (hint: carbs are not the enemy!). That carried me through college where I worked at MizzouRec while studying magazine journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism

As a New York City-based professional digital writer and editor with 10 years of experience, I'm passionate about creating health, fitness, and wellness stories in an inclusive and approachable way. Fueled by my own experiences with depression, anxiety, and an eventual bipolar II diagnosis, I'm also committed to 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, 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.
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