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Episode 37: Kim

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Kim
Age: 34
Location: Northern California
Addiction: Anorexia
What’s Memorable: The extent to which Kim hates herself is truly disturbing. She is clearly mentally ill, just completely drowning in her horrible thoughts.

Official synopsis: Kim is a beautiful 34-year-old make-up artist who grew up a cheerleader and popular. But fearing her good looks and slim figure were deteriorating, Kim turned to bulimia and anorexia. Now Kim’s weight issues have taken over her life. She is entrenched in a divorce with her high school sweetheart, who she still loves dearly. She’s moved in with her mother and stepfather, with whom she can’t get along. Kim’s needs have taken over the household and no one believes it can get better unless Kim agrees to get help.
Original Air Date: March 2007

Categories: Anorexia, Childhood Physical Abuse, Childhood Violence, Eating Disorder, Season 3, Self-Injury

Discussion

8 Responses to “Episode 37: Kim”

  1. This episode was very hard to watch. Kim’s pain was very clear – that is unmistakeable. However, I think it was also hard for me to watch it because of how manipulative she was toward her family – her mother especially. Having her mother leave work to care for her when she was feeling suicidal and then saying later that she didn’t need her mother’s help was incredibly hurtful. I seriously hope she received the help she needed and that she is still in recovery.

    Posted by MissLeopard83 | May 11, 2015, 8:52 am
  2. I feel like there was something missing from Kim’s story possibly, like maybe sexual abuse. I say that because Ive seen the effects it can have on someone (myself) and Kim seems to have similar effects. Hopefully that’s not the case. I’m glad her mom knows where lots of the problems started and seems to show compassion on her. I was disappointed that her biological father didn’t show up to the intervention. I hope she is doing well today!

    Posted by Nicole | November 4, 2015, 10:22 am
    • I agree. I wonder if her ex-husband did something or if she was abused while in college. Her mom was amazing – she is a nurse, too. I would find it difficult to live in the same house with Kim because of her suicidal/homicidal ideations (the way she talked about how she wanted someone to give her “a gun with a silencer” in front of her stepfather gave me the creeps). I don’t know how they live with her.

      Posted by MissLeopard83 | July 13, 2016, 11:08 am
  3. This episode is the one that made me question the show’s validity. I really had the feeling that most of the family were actors (especially Kim’s mother) because they were so overly dramatic. Or maybe so much of it was staged it just didn’t seem to be genuine? I never had that feeling with any other episode, but this one had my radar up that something wasn’t sitting right with the way the people acted.

    Posted by Lfw | December 15, 2015, 8:38 am
    • I do agree that it did seem a little bit over dramatic, but I think Kim’s narcissistic personality overshadowed everyone. It felt a lot like a soap opera.

      Posted by MissLeopard83 | July 13, 2016, 11:05 am
  4. How utterly dysfunctional everyone in the family was with the exception of the step dad. Then the neice starts exibiting the similar eating behaviors. Jeez Louise

    Posted by chris m | December 6, 2016, 8:52 pm
  5. Just watching this epidode.
    I wonder how she is? This is clearly a mental health issue more than an eating disorder.
    She needs meds.

    Posted by Jojo | June 24, 2017, 10:34 am
  6. I just watched on Amazon. Wondering about updates

    Posted by Flo | August 6, 2017, 10:43 am

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