A Son's Sacrifice
Dr. Phil speaks to Pauline’s son, Dillon, offstage. “Do you think she’s serious about wanting to lose this weight?” he asks Dillon. 
“Yes, I do,” he replies.


“Because she talks about the pain she has in her knees all the time, and how hard it is to move around,” he says.

Dr. Phil says that Pauline could use her weight as an excuse to be unproductive. “Do you think that’s a factor here with her?” he asks.

Dillon pauses for a moment but eventually agrees. “I know that I kind of take over the same eating habits as her,” he explains. “I know that sometimes I have a bigger appetite than her, but I’m trying to not eat that much either.”

[AD]Dr. Phil assures Dillon that he won’t allow him to follow in his mother’s footsteps. “I’m very proud that you have made such sacrifices for your mother,” he says, “but there’s a point in which helping someone can shift into enabling someone, and making it easier for them to stay sick. And if we’re going to be completely honest here, you’re kind of a prisoner, aren’t you? I mean, this is a 365-day job … What would it mean for you if the two of you could get on bicycles and ride down the street?”

“It would mean a lot because the only thing I remember doing with her was walking around the store, but now she can’t even get from the bedroom to the bathroom without being out of breath,” Dillon says. 
Back onstage, Dr. Phil asks Pauline, “What do you think about what he had to say?”

[AD]“I don’t know. That’s my baby, and I want to make him happy,” she says through tears. “I know he probably feels trapped. There was a person who used to help me with showers and stuff, but they’re not there 24 hours, he is. So, he has a lot on his plate. It’s kind of like I can’t live unless he helps me live, but that’s not fair to do that to him.”
Pauiline says she wants Dillon to make new friends, although he’s not a very social person. “He’s not always super social, but I think maybe out of guilt he chooses to not be real social. I want to see him out-and-about, and having a good life doing anything kids his age can do.”