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.
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.
So we can rule
that out but
if we look at the generational timeline,
you were age 18
and you weighed 115 pounds
before losing 40 pounds.
And you say anorexia triggered
while you were isolated in Italy.
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
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.
Because you thought
they were too pointy.
My eye teeth yeah.
I did do that.
I don't recommend it.
Didn't that hurt a lot?
I don't like my nose,
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.
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