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Season 2, Episode 20

Jessie

Age: 21
Location: Oregon
Addiction: Bulimia, Food
What’s Memorable: This was the first episode I ever saw and it just blew me away. Her binges are disturbingly epic – 3 days worth of junk food in 3 hours. She throws it up so that she can eat more. The food garbage in the back of her truck. She works as a stripper in order to afford food. Her parents had to put a lock on the fridge. It’s hard not to feel really sorry for her, and for her family. She is so very sick. I hope she’s okay now.

Official synopsis: Jessie is a beautiful young woman who once dreamed of becoming a doctor. But that was before bulimia trapped her in cycle of despair.

Original Air Date: December 2006
Interventionist: Ken

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  1. Ruth

    They just repeated this one. She keeps referring to her “very secret job” and I’m like, oh, honey, we’ve all seen this before, you’re stripping.

  2. Joe

    How is Jessie doing today? My wife has an eating disorder too. I hope Jessie’s doing ok-she seemed like a nice kid.

  3. Andy

    Any updates on Jessie?

  4. Renee

    Any updates on Jessie or does anyone have her facebook page?

    1. Andy

      I also wonder about this. I really wanna know how she’s doing.

  5. Michele

    This episode really effected me. I didn’t know that bulimia was an addiction that could lead someone to strip to earn enough money for food to binge and then purge on. It taught me a lot. Wherever you are Jessie I hope you are doing well. I hope we get an update some day. I think about your story often.

  6. Maria de las Dores

    please any updates on this girl??

  7. Stefan

    Someone on her Youtube video just posted an update on her (they claimed to have been in treatment with her while at Remuda). After leaving treatment she struggled on and off for several years but hasn’t binged or purged since she became pregnant. She’s now a happily married mom.

  8. Kelly

    Jesse wow please be doing ok your beautiful inside and out.

  9. Pangaeus

    I like how in the early days they included food addiction. They don’t do those anymore. Food addiction disorders are actually the most lethal of all mental health disorders, but they often aren’t treated as seriously as other diseases.

  10. Katie W

    When her mother leaned out the closet…uhh, i was absolutely disturbed…I have thought back to this one many times, despite not having this sort of problem in my own life, as I look anorexic or bulimic naturally(not on purpose), and i have an irrational fear of vomit, vomiting, whether it’s me, or anyone else…but yeah, I would die if my mother cleaned my closet an’t found 10 pounds of regurgitated food…I can only imagine the compulsivethoughts that would cause someone to leave that there, the chaos…I hope, since there is no physical withdrawal, that she could work on her issues immediately, to prevent all of the health detriments that happen with these eating disorders, asap…and to get out of the stripper environment…that is only a job for someone who is very focused, confident, and not sick in any psychological way…otherwise, there are too many things that can drag Anderson down, in that environment

    1. Lenaya

      It’s not possible to “look” bulimic or anorexic; having those disorders doesn’t necessarily mean you’re skinny.

    2. Leanne

      Stripping is only a job for someone who is focused and confident??? You have either never met a stripper, or you are one who is living in denial.

  11. L

    Is there a reason this episode can’t be streamed on A&E? Where can it be found?

    1. Stefan

      It’s on Tubi for free.

      1. Tim Smith

        I just watched this episode on Amazon Prime but they cut the end short so I missed the recap.

  12. sam

    If anyone wants to watch these episodes, they are available for free on Dailymotion!