December 28, 2012 |
Shannon Maher was 14 and nervous about starting high school. So she decided to "lose a few pounds. " She came close to losing her life. Four months into her diet, she overate last year at a Christmas party. That night in the mirror she saw "this horribly disgusting, fat person staring back at me. " Shannon made herself vomit, and her young life took a new course. "The feeling I got afterward was amazing," the Gloucester Catholic High School sophomore recalled recently.
December 23, 2009 |
Murphy findings awaited Brittany Murphy: The darkness spreads. So one might title continuing coverage of the 32-year-old actress' tragic death - which gossip rags claim was caused by everything from anorexia to Xanax. Authorities in Lalaland say an autopsy was completed on Monday, but results will be held pending completion of toxicology tests, which will take up to six weeks. TMZ says police found a cache of prescription drugs at Murphy's house, but nothing illegal.
December 11, 2009 |
Suzanne Harootunian, 50, of Glen Mills, who fought the eating disorder anorexia nervosa for 20 years and went public with her story to help others, died of the disease Dec. 6 at her home. Mrs. Harootunian was born in Harrisburg, grew up in Havertown, and lived in Springfield, Delaware County, before moving to Glen Mills in 2003. She graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in 1977 and attended Drexel University with a major in nutrition. Unlike many anorexics, who develop the disease in their teens, Mrs. Harootunian was afflicted at 30, she told ABC's 20/20 in a segment that aired early last year.
September 25, 2006 |
Sorelle Marsh's bulimia began in college. For a formerly chubby kid still obsessed with food and weight, discovering how to get away with gluttony was a revelation. Gobbling thousands of calories and then vomiting the food all up "was my best friend," she says. "It was a drug, a way of dealing with everything. " But 20 years later, it had become her worst enemy. So last year, for the first time, the wife and mother of two young children sought treatment for her eating disorder.
March 26, 2003 |
By Molly Hartmann Ahrens When I was a teenager, I wondered if it was possible to recover from an eating disorder. I had been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa the spring I turned 13, and I couldn't remember a time when I hadn't been obsessed with food, calories, weight, and the way I looked. I didn't know what it felt like to live a "normal" life - one that did not revolve around what my last meal had been, what my next meal would be. I felt fat and uncomfortable in my body all the time, even when I was severely underweight and warned by doctors that I might die within two weeks if I didn't receive treatment immediately.
August 5, 2002 |
Inside a palatial house in Upper Roxborough, three dozen women and girls are arguing heatedly. The reason: leftover food on a plate. For these women, eating - or not eating - is an obsession. They suffer from anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. All are patients at the sprawling Renfrew Center, seeking treatment for maladies that are often maddeningly difficult to cure. Renfrew is one of a handful of residential institutions in the country focusing exclusively on eating disorders - mental illnesses that afflict about eight million Americans, mostly women under 30. Therapy takes many forms, from individual counseling to group sessions, from monitored eating to gentle exercise.
July 30, 2002 |
Christina Berry's brother wouldn't leave her alone. Three summers ago, Bill Berry had seen what crew had done for his high school girlfriend, Amanda Zimmerman. He thought it would also be a positive experience for Christina, who was recovering from anorexia. "He was bugging me about it during the summer," Christina Berry said. "He was always by my side and trying to be positive. He wanted me to get back to a healthy lifestyle. That was, I'm sure, part of his motivation. " Following her brother's advice and Zimmerman's lead, the 5-foot-10 Berry joined the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association in 1999 while a sophomore at West Chester Henderson.
May 5, 2002 |
Prince Philip has put his royal foot in his royal mouth again - with a joke (?) about dogs and anorexics. Queen Elizabeth's boorish husband has caused blushes from China to Australia. His latest: In London, the prince said to blind Susan Edwards, using a wheelchair and accompanied by her guide dog: "Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?" Anorexia and Bulimia Care in London was not amused. Earlier this year in Australia, the prince asked Aborigines whether they still threw spears at each other.
August 25, 2001 |
Emaciated young women are displaying their protruding ribs and backbones, then boasting about five-day fasts, on pro-anorexia Web sites that celebrate the sisterhood of self-induced starvation. In the last few months, forums and clubs with such names as skin n'bones and anorexiarocks have flourished throughout cyberspace. The self-described "anas" recast the deadly psychiatric disorder - which affects mostly young women ages 14 to 24 - as a lifestyle choice. The virtual clubs also attract bulimics (who binge on food, then purge)
January 21, 2001 |
Sonja Ross was not quite 12 years old, her adolescent frame already packed with 145 pounds, when she realized she was different from the other kids. "I didn't look the same, I didn't get asked to dances, I couldn't wear the same clothes," said Ross, who lives in Cinnaminson. Over the years she tried everything to lose weight - appetite suppressants, liquid diets, Overeaters Anonymous - but nothing worked. Some days she was so depressed she could hardly get out of bed. When she did, she gorged some more.