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Could There Be A Connection Between Mom’s Anorexia And Daughters’ Obsession With Their Appearance?

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Apr 16, 2019

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  • I'm concerned for both of my daughters,
  • Molly and Ashley.
  • I know their struggles with self image all to well.
  • Many years ago I had a gentleman who complimented me
  • on the weight that I'd lost.
  • I told him I'd lost eight pounds
  • and he said,
  • "Why stop there."
  • And that comment triggered for me
  • what was to become a very serious eating disorder.
  • I became anorexic and I battled it
  • for a number of years.
  • My life just kind of spiraled out of control
  • and no one seemed to know it.
  • I could never be thin enough.
  • My weight was 75 pounds.
  • What really saved me was getting pregnant and having
  • a child and then it changed,
  • I always told my oldest daughter she saved my life
  • because there was something much more important
  • than myself. I'm not sure if there is
  • a connection between what I went through
  • and what my daughters Molly and Ashley are going through.
  • I'm very concerned that if it's not addressed,
  • it will spiral out of control.
  • Okay thank you for being here.
  • Thank you. Do you think,
  • you've modeled this for these two?
  • I certainly hope not.
  • I honestly don't think so though I really try
  • to focus on their inner and outer beauty.
  • I did make them aware at certain ages
  • but not too early that I had this issue
  • because I never wanted them
  • to have anorexia.
  • And that was not something
  • that you were so obsessed with
  • that it became
  • what you taught them
  • to focus on in life.
  • Absolutely.
  • So we can rule
  • that out but
  • if we look at the generational timeline,
  • In 1974,
  • you were age 18
  • and you weighed 115 pounds
  • before losing 40 pounds.
  • And you say anorexia triggered
  • while you were isolated in Italy.
  • Yes.
  • Okay and then in '76,
  • you're age 20,
  • you're now 99 pounds
  • and you gain weight after returning home from Italy.
  • And then in '02,
  • Molly you're 11 years old.
  • And you're refusing to have photos taken
  • without approval.
  • Age 12, you're plucking hairs
  • to make your forehead look bigger.
  • Well that's 'cause I had little baby hairs
  • that I didn't like.
  • At 13, you wear makeup to school,
  • your hair's highlighted and you refuse
  • to show your teeth in photos.
  • And you're being very careful to not show them here.
  • And there was a point
  • at where you actually filed your teeth.
  • Yeah. Because you thought
  • they were too pointy.
  • My eye teeth yeah. Yeah.
  • I did do that. Didn't that.
  • I don't recommend it.
  • Didn't that hurt a lot? Yeah.
  • I don't like my nose,
  • my lips.
  • You say you look like a monster.
  • What is going on?
  • I just feel gross. With the women
  • in this family? But I have anorexia.
  • Do you think you've modeled this
  • for these two?
  • Plus Game of Thrones Sophie Turner's
  • own battle with body image. I used to get a lot
  • of comments about my weight. That I have a big nose.
  • I just got very self conscious.
  • I felt very alone.
  • All new Dr. Phil.

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A mom admits as a young woman she was anorexic. Now, her daughters say they’re obsessed with their appearance. Could the body image issues be related?

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