Sometimes It's Mom — Not Media — Who Gives Girls Eating Disorders

An episode of Intervention aired last night that featured a very sick family. Caylee is a 21-year-old who is addicted to heroin and cocaine, and also has had an eating disorder since she was a young girl. It seems as though the entire family blames her body issues on her mother Christy, who has suffered from various eating disorders of her own — a combination of anorexia, bulimia, and excessive exercise — for the past 35 years. When Caylee was about 8 years old, Christy let her know that she was getting pudgy and began policing the food she ate, guilting her into avoiding French fries, and instilling in her a fear of food and body fat that she's struggled with her entire life and turning her to hard drugs. The family arranged an intervention for her, but when interventionist Jeff VanVonderen got a load of Christy, he decided that she needed to be in treatment as well. Clip above.

Related: Parents In Denial About Children's Weight Problems [Science Daily]



i don't know anyone who doesn't have food issues of some sort. i "chose" not to eat for about a year and half when i was younger. did it stem from my mother's unhealthy attitudes? maybe...but it also didn't help that everyone i knew kept telling me i looked great as i went from slightly chubby to way too thin.

for the jez moms out there: how do you teach kids to be healthy, and maybe to cut back on excess crap without totally fucking them up for life? i'm nowhere near having kids, but its a question i regularly mull over anyway.