Starving to Death

July 25, 2012
In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life-and-death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than ALL causes of death for females 15 to 24 years old. Dr. Phil speaks to a young woman who may become part of the statistics. Will she agree to turn her life around? 





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“Dying Every Day”
Mercedes, 20, was a vibrant, beautiful girl with aspirations of becoming a professional figure skater. But at a frail 79 pounds, those dreams are on hold as she battles anorexia and bulimia. Mercedes admits she restricts her eating to just 500 calories a day, oftentimes smokes marijuana to build up an appetite and drinks a six pack of beer — which she usually purges — to feel full.

See a typical day in this young woman’s life — that often includes the Emergency Room.



A Healing Conversation
Mercedes’ mother, Patti, says she’s exhausted from dealing with her daughter’s illness and the manipulative behavior that goes with it. Has she given up hope? Mercedes says her mom has no compassion or sympathy for her. Find out why the young woman blames her mother for the life she’s now trapped in.


Can Dr. Phil unite this mother/daughter so they can face the fight ahead?



A Way Out
Tracey Gold became a teenage star playing Carol Seaver on the hit show, Growing Pains, but along with stardom came a deathly disease. Tracey talks candidly about her battle with anorexia and how she overcame it. Hear her message of hope to Mercedes. Plus, one year ago, Jennifer sat on Dr. Phil’s stage weighing a mere 78 pounds. See how she is now!


Will Mercedes grab onto the lifeline being thrown her way?