Vanessa says that she’s physically and mentally afraid of most food
and fears that if she eats, she will choke and die. The young woman, who says she suffers from Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), says she hasn’t had a meal in almost four years and survives on protein shakes, ice cream, water and “safe foods.”TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Life in crisis?
“I feel like a prisoner in my own body,” Vanessa says. “ I feel like I’m knocking on death’s door.”
Her husband, Michael, says he’s at his wits’ end because Vanessa is slowly killing herself.WATCH: ‘You Seem To Really Have A Chip On Your Shoulder,’ Dr. Phil Tells Guest
In the video above, Vanessa takes viewers through a day in her life. See what happens when she attempts to eat and drink. And, she shares how she believes her condition started. On Friday’s episode
, hear what Dr. Phil thinks may be driving Vanessa’s behavior. Check here
to see where you can watch. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Is Dr. Phil your only hope?
What Dr. Phil Says May Be Causing Woman’s Food Disorder