Christina, 29, has struggled with anorexia and bulimia for more than half her life. She says she works out twice a day, every day, and severely limits her food intake during the day before binge eating and purging in secret at night. She explains her 85-pound frame still appears too large to her.
“I feel so huge,” she says. “I feel so disgusting.”
Although she has been rushed to the emergency room on numerous occasions and has tried to get help to overcome her disordered eating before, she says she is powerless to fight the negative voice inside her.
“I can’t stop … and I don’t know why,” she says tearfully.
Nearly 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating, are devastating conditions that can seriously affect every aspect of a person’s life, most importantly their health.
Onstage, ER physician Travis Stork confronts Christina with the potential life-threatening effects her bingeing and purging could be having on her body, including:
Christina reveals that in addition to her disordered eating, she has been battling an addiction to cocaine for many years, which has further put her health at risk, in addition to getting her in trouble with the law.
“No one can make the choice to get better except you,” Dr. Travis says to Christina.
Watch as The Doctors offer Christina help to overcome her addiction and eating disorders. Will she finally commit to changing her ways?