The Drs: Nurse Struggling With Bulimia
Dr Travis Stork admitted that sometimes doctors don’t even notice the telltale signs of eating disorders until the damage is undeniable. They visited a woman named Tosh, who recently opened up about her 20-year struggle with bulimia. She shared that she started to throw up meals in college when she was about 18 years old. She said she didn’t think she was “very good at throwing up” which is why she was still heavy, but then after a few years “you get better at your bad habits.”
She said when she wakes up in the morning, if she’s working, she’ll have a little bit of yogurt, and for lunch she’ll have some salad or a sandwich. But as soon as she gets off work, she binges on fast food, buying 10-15 items. Then she goes home and eat a pack or two of cookies and some mac and cheese with added pasta. She’ll also have a bag of candy bars and drink a lot of soda. She’s throw up some, keep eating, and then throw up again.
The Drs: Bulimic For 20 Years
She said she feels like she’s living a lie because people tell her that she eats so healthy and they wish they could be like her. She said she feels like a huge fraud, and admitted that on days that she doesn’t work, she could spend her entire day binging and purging. She said she’s thought many times about breaking her jaw or making it so that she physically can’t eat, even asking one of her friends to hit her in the jaw with a baseball bat; luckily, that friend said no.
She said she’s not doing it because she thinks it’s okay, she’s doing it because she feels like she has no choice. She said she feels like a heroin addict, but food is her heroin.
The Drs: Severe Bulimia
The Doctors welcomed Tosh and her sister Kendra to the show. Tosh told one of The Doctors’ producers that on her days off sometimes she can consume up to 60,000 calories, which is more than a normal person consumes in a month. She said she knows it’s not healthy, but just knowing that isn’t enough to stop.
Dr Stork said that every time she purges, not only is she purging food but she’s purging fluids, which can lead to dehydration. Every time she purges it can cause severely low potassium levels, heart abnormalities, and dental damage.
The Drs: Overcoming An Eating Disorder
They welcomed certified eating disorder specialist Buck Runyan, who explained that the challenge is finding the courage to step out. Second, she has to get with people to truly understand the heart of the matter and can talk with her and encourage her in times of struggle. He said Tosh needs help with the sensitivity and anxiety, which is very hard.
Dr Stork asked Tosh if she wants to get better and she said she does, but it feels hard and impossible to imagine. She said she wants to believe that she can, but it’s such a foreign concept that she can’t even wrap her head around it. Dr Stork said that Buck is from Remuda Ranch, which is one of the top eating disorder facilities in the country in Arizona. They also had a car right outside the studio, so it was an opportunity for her to go and get the help she needed. All she had to say was yes.
The Drs: Entering Rehab For Eating Disorder
Dr Stork grabbed her by the hand and walked her out to the car. Tosh said “it’s so quick” before Dr Stork gave her a hug and told her she could do it. Her sister then got in the car with her before Dr Jennifer Ashton said, “It’s hard because it’s important.” She told her she had the best people supporting her, so she had to go and work on her.
The Doctors then shared that if you or a loved one is struggling, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll-free line that you can call to talk to someone: 1-800-931-2237.