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Episode 33: Jessie

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

Categories: Bulimia, Eating Disorder, Ken, Mental Problems, Most Disturbing Episodes, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Season 2

Discussion

11 Responses to “Episode 33: Jessie”

  1. 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.

    Posted by Ruth | September 6, 2015, 1:12 pm
  2. How is Jessie doing today? My wife has an eating disorder too. I hope Jessie’s doing ok-she seemed like a nice kid.

    Posted by Joe | September 19, 2015, 6:04 am
  3. Any updates on Jessie?

    Posted by Andy | May 24, 2017, 6:21 pm
  4. Any updates on Jessie or does anyone have her facebook page?

    Posted by Renee | October 10, 2017, 5:10 pm
  5. 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.

    Posted by Michele | December 29, 2017, 6:47 am
  6. please any updates on this girl??

    Posted by Maria de las Dores | November 13, 2018, 7:09 am
  7. 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.

    Posted by Stefan | June 11, 2019, 7:45 pm
  8. Jesse wow please be doing ok your beautiful inside and out.

    Posted by Kelly | March 27, 2020, 11:59 pm
  9. 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.

    Posted by Pangaeus | July 18, 2020, 5:39 pm
  10. 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

    Posted by Katie W | August 22, 2020, 8:44 pm

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