An Anorexic’s Search for Meaning & Perfection


Elisabeth Huh, TEDxUChicago

Elisabeth shares her inspiring story battling anorexia and offers her perspective on how others can recover through the power of communication, empathy, and moral understanding.

Elisabeth Huh is a third-year who was initially unable to attend the University of Chicago because of her severe struggles with anorexia. Since her recovery, she has worked as a memoirist, national essay finalist, and now TEDxUChicago speaker to help others re-conceptualize eating disorders as symptoms of a deeper societal illness.

Elisabeth is majoring in Fundamentals: Issues and Texts and minoring in Human Rights. Her interdisciplinary program of study extends into all aspects of her life. On campus, she advocates human rights advocacy events with UChicago Amnesty International and helped start its first-annual Human Rights Journal. She is also working on creating a new campus human rights report. Elisabeth is the Head Ethics Editor of the University of Chicago Undergraduate Philosophy Review and is Co-Editor-In-Chief of The Midway Review. She teaches moral and political philosophy to middle-schoolers on the South Side of Chicago.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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