Eighteen-year-old Maddie says she doesn’t have an eating disorder even though her mother, Melissa, stepfather, Greg, and grandmother, Linda, claim Maddie is starving herself to death. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: At your final breaking point?
Standing tall at 5’10, Maddie says if it wasn’t for her family, she would weigh less than 100 lbs. WATCH How Brain Chemistry Can Influence An Eating Disorder
Melissa says Maddie has been in and out of the hospital every other month for dehydration, can’t get up a flight of steps without being out of breath, passes out in the shower, sleeps all day, and even quit school.
Maddie, who admits she has anxiety and depression as well as an “unhealthy” relationship with food, adamantly denies having an eating disorder. WATCH Dr. Phil To Guest: ‘Do You Think Your Relationship With Food, Your Interaction With Food, Is Healthy Or Unhealthy?’
“Forget the labels,” Dr. Phil tells viewers in Today’s Takeaway. “If you need help changing a pattern that’s getting in the way of you achieving what you want, get help to change it.”
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