Eating Disorders


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In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life-and-death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Are you or is someone you love systematically starving themselves? Or do you binge and purge? Share your stories and get support here.

If you or someone you love is suffering with an eating disorder, check out these resources.


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Replied By: clanofthecave on Jul 31, 2017, 11:28PM
Youtube is where kids to adults go for entertainment and advice. Kids look up to youtubers more than any other celebrities nowadays.

Eugenia Cooney is an incredibly sick Youtube personality who is visibly suffering from major anorexia. Her mother stands by and allows her daughter to be this sick and Eugenia is constantly enabled by her young fan base.

I believe if anyone could help Eugenia now it would be Dr. Phil.


This girl is so close to death and no one is paying attention!!
Replied By: swimbikerun60 on Jul 8, 2017, 8:01AM
Hello: I have a talented, smart, beautiful 19 year old granddaughter whom we love so very much.

She has been loosing A LOT OF WEIGHT since she suddenly, AND I MEAN SUDDENLY, became a Vegan just about a year ago.  She kept insisting that she was doing this for health reasons, she didn't want to eat any kind of meats or fish claiming she didn't support the mistreatment of animals in slaughter houses.

All of us, her parents, grandparents and other family members have noticed the terrible change of this once vibrant young woman. 

We, her grandmother, have started to prepare food for her following some Vegan recipes, trying to make sure she gets all the nutrients her young body needs but still, her weight loss has been so dramatic and visible that I started to wonder if she was eating at all.

Last night, at around 10 pm. she called me, I got immediately worried because, her family life with her parents has NOT been good from a long time ago, her parents have had horrible marital and financial problems and have treated my grandchildren so bad, specially my daughter, who keeps telling my granddaughter she is no good, she is spoiled, undeserving, and other horrible names.

Well, last night my granddaughter confessed to me, in tears, she has become Anorexic, she also has thrown up food some times.  I was not at all terribly surprised but now I know she is getting in very deep trouble.

We talked for close to three hours, she cryied telling me how she is so affraid of eating, she feels guilty if she does and she has made a point to pretend everything is fine.

She actually asked me for help about seeing a therapist and, come Monday morning, I will make an appointment with a therapist near our house.  

I'm very scared and so is she, she feels embarrased, ashamed, guilty, but I told her she had already taken the first step by recognizing she is in trouble and asking for help.

I just wanted to ask this community if there is anything I can do aside of totally supporting her and helping her with the financial aspect of the treatment.  She can't and wont ask her parents, not now at least, I told her to start going to the sessions and maybe later, she can find the courage to tell her parents of what is going on.

Thank you for reading.

Worried Grandmother.
Replied By: bambigirl01 on Nov 16, 2016, 11:50PM - In reply to idontknowwhy
You have BID. So you are self sabotaging any significant weight loss. I have BID myself and understand how you feel and your concerns. There isn't enough focus on this kind of eating disorder so that makes it difficult to find information about it. I have never had Anorexia, nor Bullimia, only BID. So this is just as serious of a health issue as any other eating disorder. It can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and many other health problems. BID, as well as the more popular eating disorders is almost always found in those who suffer from anxiety and depression. Let me know if you hear any news about this (BID) and I will do the same for you.
Replied By: bambigirl01 on Nov 16, 2016, 11:42PM - In reply to anonymouseeee9
There are no tips for you because no one talks about this. All the focus is on Anorexia and Bullimia. I too have BID. I have never had the other two eating disorders. I would like to help you but can't get any answers myself about this. I'm sorry. Let me know if you come across anything and I'll do the same.
Replied By: bambigirl01 on Nov 16, 2016, 11:39PM
This is an eating disorder that exists, is real, is recognized by licensed physicians and yet is never discussed publicly, nor on the Dr Phil show.

I have BID.

The first step to addressing this disorder is to get people talking about it.  
Replied By: terryx on Oct 4, 2016, 4:53AM
A couple years ago I began to lose weight after becoming depressed as I wouldn't get out of bed, lost my appetite and subsequently lost a bit of weight. After I started taking antidepressants I gained some weight and then slowly the eating disorder crept up on me. I started swimming frequently and lowering my calorie count, at my worst, I would exercise 2 hours a day and only consume under 400 calories. I also had a binge/purge cycle. My weight dropped to around a BMI of 16 and I got professional help from an eating disorder clinic. I've gained a lot of weight, more than 25lbs, with a varying BMI of 19-20. Sometimes I still relapse sometimes and I've noticed that ever since I recovered, I've replaced the control with self-harm. Instead of starving myself I burn myself and cut far more (and deeper) than I used to even in my worst part of my ED. I find when I relapse with my ED the self-harm urges almost disappear. I'm not going to ask how to stop since I am in intensive therapy several times a week. But, has this happened to anyone else? 

Also, is it messed up that I prefer the eating disorder to self-harming? Because with the ED at least it wasn't physically ugly and most people don't comment when they see it. I'm also slightly worried I'll cut into a nerve or artery someday as I have slowly been getting deeper and deeper through the layers of skin. 

Anyway, have a nice day y'all :)
Replied By: anonymouseeee9 on Mar 29, 2015, 12:35PM
Previously recovered from anorexia...I now have difficulties with binge eating and need help. Does anyone whatsoever have any tips PLEASE?
Replied By: wrightl96 on Jan 9, 2015, 9:29AM
im 18 and has had a eating disorder for about 7 months and the thing is my aunt is forcing me to get help even though i dont want help i am over weight in the 200's and she doesnt understand all i want to do id lose weight. it may not be the best way but its working. i dont want help.
Replied By: corylp on Dec 11, 2014, 10:14PM - In reply to miahamilton
I actually dealt with going through an eating disorder about six years ago. I was roughly 23 years old, a wife, and mother to a newborn. My husband never picked up that I had an eating disorder until he watched a show on tv that was talking about women with eating disorders. They sometimes are extremely hard to pick upon. not only my husband, but my family as well as my in laws didn't even have a clue. When my husband finally figured it out I was down to 69 pounds. Doctors where unable to diagnose me. Finally my husband had taken me to a doctor and right away he was getting me ready for inpatient care. I flew out to Az. we are from ky, but I spent 45 in a place called, remuda ranch. Google it. If you think for one second your daughter may have an eating disorder send her for help. The ranch saved my life. I would recommend it to anyone. I wish you all with your daughter.
Replied By: sherryaf333 on Dec 9, 2014, 3:25PM
Dr Phil,

I enjoy your quality of programming. I was watching on local TV your show concerning the dark headed 16 year old who was getting back @ her mother by purging, etc. I was greatly disappointed when you mentioned that 'there are some things even God can't do anything about'. I understand that the work had to be done in the daughter, etc., but I felt your statement might be something that slipped out & you were remiss about saying? To say 'there are some things even God can't do anything about' is a risky statement, not to mention a false claim to make, let alone in front of so many listeners. As far as I see in God's Word, lying is the only thing God is not capable of. Our problems are no problem for Jehovah God who always has a way or a plan. I do enjoy your show.

Sherry Farmer
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