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Episode 115: Amy P

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Amy
Age: 24
Location: Toronto, Canada
Addiction: Bulimia, exercise
What’s Memorable: Her parents basically locking her in the basement so they don’t have to see her food issues. Her severe body dismorphia. The way she believes that bulimia is her “thing”, what makes her special and unique. Her 100% focus on her eating disorder.

Update: Amy wrote something about her Intervention episode here. 

Official synopsis: Amy and her family escaped the violence of apartheid-era South Africa and immigrated to Canada 22 years ago. But Amy suffered from anxiety and low self-esteem, and she became anorexic and, soon after, bulimic. Now she lives alone in the basement of her family’s house and steals from family members to pay for her eating binges. Weighing only 92 pounds, Amy is on the brink of death.

Original Air Date: April 2010

Categories: Bulimia, Eating Disorder, Exercise, Mental Problems, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Season 7

Discussion

18 Responses to “Episode 115: Amy P”

  1. I teach a health class in NYC and I show this episode as part of the Body Image unit. My students, (and I after watching this episode 30+ times) are looking to find out how she is now? Does anyone have information?

    Posted by Mr. L | November 21, 2014, 12:24 pm
  2. I know this family. I had one of my own.

    “Ew, metal illness cooties! Of course we’ll help you dear, just as long as it’s, like, away from here. Like nowhere near us. What? You didn’t immediately get perfectly healthy after all the zero support and kindness we gave you? LOST CAUSE!”

    They seem like genuinely nice people and they’re clearly desperate and upset and stuck in a in a no-win situation, and we’re seeing them after a very log struggle. But damn, if your sick kid asks you to celebrate her health and overcoming a great struggle with her, DO SO. You don’t need to be the human incarnation of the very concept of empathy to understand that, right? Or is that just me?

    Family disease is right. The mental illness ick is strong in this one. Poor Amy.

    Posted by Clementine Danger | January 6, 2015, 5:23 pm
    • I totally agree with you. That part where they admitted they didn’t want to celebrate her one-year anniversary hit me as very cold and self-serving. I too had a family that wouldn’t discuss or admit any mental illness, and I saw that in this family too. Amy had more wrong with her than just an eating disorder, that’s for sure.

      Posted by Sharon | March 15, 2015, 7:21 pm
  3. I heard that Amy has passed. Does anyone know if this is true?

    Posted by KLT | February 15, 2015, 3:20 pm
  4. I came here t find out how Amy is doing also. As a recovering addict myself, it infuriated me that her family chose NOT to celebrate her 1 year mark and thought it best to just “MOVE ON” as they called it. NOTHING is further from the truth in my opinion. She is suffering inside and yes, she has caused hurt to all of her family members, but for just ONE MOMENT, couldn’t they all have gotten together and told ONE POSITIVE thing. SAD!!!!

    Posted by Patti Day | March 15, 2015, 6:24 pm
    • Me too, Patti. If I were Amy, I imagine I would feel unloved. Why was it just to much to ask to celebrate Amy’s year of recovery? Furthermore, as soon as her family realized she had relapsed, why did they not act immediately? The episode seemed to portray family that view Amy as an inconvenience that they are obliged to love, yet find it impossible to do so.

      Posted by Cindy | March 15, 2015, 10:28 pm
  5. I just wanted an update on Amy. Did she survive this deadly disease. My heart goes out to her & all, including my issues, with an eating disorder.

    Posted by Kristin Bontrager | March 15, 2015, 9:11 pm
  6. HI guys I was also wondering how amy is doing. I’m newly in recovery again after relapsing and I feel so terribly for her. I hope she is doing well, she had the most admirable sense of insight in her episode.
    -Nick

    Posted by Nick | March 16, 2015, 12:51 am
  7. I saw this episode for the first time 3/15/15. It broke my heart, mainly because that could have been me about 20-25 years ago. I still struggle with this issue but I have support & love from my family unlike Amy. I would love to think that her life would have turned out for the better if they did celebrate her successes rather than belittle them & supposed her more. Such a sad outcome for a young woman.

    Posted by Joi Larucci | March 16, 2015, 6:52 pm
  8. Wendy, her mom, has founded an eating disorder advocacy group in Canada – NIED. As of Feb ’15, Amy seems to still be struggling. Hope and compassion to them both.

    http://internationaleatingdisorderadvocacy.blogspot.com/2015/02/canada-nied-and-amys-story.html

    http://www.gofundme.com/8lu3ms

    Posted by CA | May 31, 2015, 1:30 am
  9. she looks so pretty at the end of the episode without the swollen glands 🙁

    Posted by sara | October 28, 2015, 5:28 pm
  10. Amy is still alive. Her mother and her run NEID (National Initiative for Eating Disorders)

    here is a talk she and her mom did last month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzldG0ACg8U

    Posted by Rose | November 23, 2015, 11:05 am
  11. This is a blog post of hers regarding her intervention episode https://edreflections.com/2015/11/22/not-amy-p-from-intervention/
    Her blog is current for those of you wondering how she is doing. Thank you Dizzy for this wonderful website!

    Posted by Almschi | July 23, 2016, 1:46 pm
  12. I am watching the episode again now and one of the things that makes me sick is how blase Amy’s sister Lara is about the bullying and abuse she put her sister through. “Kids fight” sure, but calling them bitch and worse is NOT normal or average or okay. I was abused by my older sister and this really struck a chord with me. My family sees what my sister did to me the same way Lara does, but I have no contact with my sister because it affected me and my adolescence in such a negative way.

    Also, I want to agree with others that Amy’s family are so selfish and awful for not celebrating her year of health. I’m sure Amy felt she hadn’t done well enough or wasn’t good enough to be celebrated. What a shame. I hope she is still alive and doing well.

    Posted by LJ | November 28, 2016, 9:50 pm
  13. That link in the main post doesn’t work anymore, the entry she wants people to read is here: https://myedreflectionscom.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/not-amy-p-from-intervention/

    Posted by A.S. | January 11, 2017, 9:48 am
  14. This is Amy’s most recent post on her website from December 2016

    https://myedreflectionscom.wordpress.com/2016/12/15/bulimia-was-my-balm/

    Posted by Shelby | January 12, 2017, 5:23 pm
    • Does anyone else wonder why not only Amy, but her parents are so mad at intervention? The Dad in the comments of her blog even complains about “the so called intervention scholarship” and apologizes to her for putting her through it. If my child was as sick as her I would totally call a show… Especially if they are at death’s door.

      Posted by CC | February 17, 2017, 12:46 am

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