If you experience binge-eating episodes or a feeling that you sometimes can't control what you eat, Dr. Oz emphasizes that you aren't alone. And although it might seem like they have nothing in common, he invited an 87-pound woman suffering from anorexia and a 608-pound woman who feels that her obesity is threatening her life to talk about their battles with weight loss.
Both women watched as he showed videos of their confessions. They had never met before, but held hands as they emerged onto the stage.
At 608 pounds, Laurie confessed that she spent most of her time hiding in her home. When she felt depressed, she drove to fast food places and ate in her car. On some days, she didn't leave her room. She feared dying, but felt unable to stop eating. Recalling her past, Laurie revealed a pivotal moment as a child when she was weighed on the cafeteria scale and humiliated in front of the school. She felt trapped inside her own body, hating to look in the mirror.
But 87-pound Lindsay felt equally fearful for her life. She admitted that her heart beat so quickly sometimes that she worried she would die. For her, the turning point when she became obsessed with diet came when she was only in sixth grade. A school nurse told her that her cholesterol was too high. Because Lindsay had witnessed so many deaths in her family, she began to worry about what she eat, cutting out food in an attempt to be healthy. She now lives alone.
Therapist Tennie McCarty talked with the women and Dr. Oz about the dangers of disordered eating. She emphasized that the two women both have lost control over their eating in different ways. Tennie recommended therapy. And as the founder of Shades of Hope residential treatment center, she offered the women the opportunity become roommates there and get help. They both accepted.
Although Lindsay and Laurie will receive the treatment without worrying about payment, those battling binge eating syndrome and related eating disorders such as Laurie have more problems getting their insurance companies to pay for therapy, reported the San Francisco Gate.
Binge eating ranks as the most common eating disorder in the nation. However, experts are concerned that those struggling with this condition often are misunderstood and have problems getting treated. It's only been one year since binge eating disorder was included in the new edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
"It's a newer disorder not in terms of its existence, but from the medical community's standpoint. There's a real lack of understanding about what it is," said Claire Mysko, director of programs for the National Eating Disorders Association.
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