Christina Stiehl

Health and Fitness Journalist, Writer, Editor, and Content Strategist.

When I was 10 years old, I was put on my first official diet. 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, as I played tennis and swam competitively, 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 the fitness desk at MizzouRec while studying magazine journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism

As a New York City-based professional writer, editor, and content strategist with more than a decade 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. In 2019, I launched the now-annual POPSUGAR Mental Health Matters features hub for Mental Health Awareness Month in May to spread awareness and help those who live with a mental illness feel less isolated.

I believe in quality over clickbait. I'm also a pro at leveraging data for content strategy and 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.