Wanda says her 15-year-old daughter, Bella, is battling an eating disorder, and she fears for the teen’s life. She says Bella is obsessed with being skinny and will starve herself and then binge and purge. She also says her daughter associates germs with calories — causing her to wash her hands obsessively, change her clothes several times a day and hold her breath so she doesn’t “catch calories.”

Bella admits she is so obsessed with food, she can’t concentrate in school, hoards food in her bedroom and says she binges and purges 30 to 40 times a day. Why does she say she blames her mother for her disorder? And, will she grab on to the lifeline Dr. Phil offers?

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“I am obsessive and compulsive when it comes to food. I see germs as calories.”

Why does Bella blame her mother for her eating disorder? And, how does Wanda respond?

Dr. Pat Basu, Chief Medical Officer of Doctor on Demand, explains the harmful effects of bulimia. Warning: graphic medical images.

“What do you want from your mother that you’re not getting?”

Tune in to hear Dr. Phil's advice and offer of help to Bella — will she accept?

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