The Truth About Eating Disorders
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EmilyMy name is Emily and I suffer from bulimia.
We talked about it, actually sat down and we found out that we both were going through like the same exact time, basically almost the same thing. Used to be a lot bigger ...
I remember the very first time that I purged, It took me a while to actually physically do it, but then, it became like clockwork to the point where it was really hard not to do it. I was always tired, always depressed, always thinking about food. I just couldn't take it anymore. I never thought that I could die from it until I started going through my therapy process when you are very bulimic, you run the risk of having a heart attack. You can also have explosive stomach problems. Your esophagus can really be in a lot of danger. Your teeth enamel goes away. My mom was actually bulimic when she was in high school.It is common for mothers and daughters to have eating disorders.
I didn't see myself as fat, but I never felt that was good enough. I would eat a 90 calorie bar that morning and I didn't eat anything else for the entire day. My parents really didn't want to document while I was in my eating disorder by taking pictures, I was very emaciated. I looked very weak like I could break. I was very tired. I went from about 160 pounds to about 85 to 80. Because I looked so frail, You could see my ribs, you could see my spine, you could see my hip bones, I went to rehab twice; They told me I was going to die if I didn't actually take it seriously. About 5% to 10% of anorexics die within the first ten years. When I saw my dad cry and my mom cry, that was kind of like I need to do this.