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Season 2, Episode 9

Annie

Age: 21
Location: Texas
Addiction: Anorexia, Bulimia
What’s memorable: Her eating disorder’s name is Eddie. She throws up, starves herself, stays up at night in front of her computer chewing and spitting out her food, and from the outside looks relatively healthy given how sick she is.

Official synopsis:  Annie is anorexic and bulimic. Now her fiancé, Kevin, desperately wants an intervention because he’s afraid that Annie’s eating disorders will kill her.

Original Air Date: March 2006
Interventionist: Dr Jen Berman

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  1. MissLeopard83

    Just the fact that her parents made her feel inadequate is cause enough to develop an eating disorder. It’s probably a very good thing that she cut all ties with them. I’m not at all surprised that she ended up breaking up with her fiance since she was keeping her rituals secret (like staying up all night on the computer while “chewing and spitting” her food). I hope she is still happy and healthy as the end of the show implied.

  2. Jimmie

    So, was it implying at the end of the show that she married her friend Salina???

    1. Tina

      @JIMMIE No, you were confused somehow.

      The end of the show read that Annie married an old friend (no name given) and they went on to have a daughter together. They also had a photo taken on Annie’s wedding day with Selena by her side as “maid of honor”. Selena gained weight after her own treatment and we can assume she stayed with her supportive husband, Blake, who was also on the show.

  3. Lo

    Her interventionist is Dr. Jenn Berman! So surprised to see her on the show, I don’t think she did any of the others.

  4. Elizabeth

    You really should remove the part that say that she didn’t look sick, that really could make someone relapse, if someone said that about me, I wouldnt look back! So please remove it, in case she looks at this.

    1. Dizzy

      I hear what you’re saying and I appreciate that you’re concerned, but honestly if I had to make sure that no content on this site could possibly trigger anyone towards a relapse, there wouldn’t be a site. That’s just an impossible task. Triggers are different for everyone. Although I try to keep cruel comments off of here, I do not claim that this is a safe space for all recovering addicts. It’s a place to talk about addiction and Intervention.

      1. Jeez

        Saying that she “doesn’t look sick” isn’t triggering. It minimizes her struggles and makes it seem like according to you she doesn’t have a “real problem.” It really easy for you to just delete that line.

      2. ar

        Saying she doesn’t look sick doesn’t minimize her struggles–it exposes them. Part of the show is demonstrating different themes of addiction. And the ability to for one to mask their illness, either from themselves or others, is integral to treatment.

      3. Xlio

        Leave Dizzy alone. I think the point she was trying to get across was clear: even if someone seems “ok” they very well might not be. Annie did a superb job at hiding her disease. I say this as someone who has recovered from anorexia.

      4. Seriously?

        I am no longer going to check your site because of this. Thanks for creating more harm in the world.

      5. Adrienne

        Dizzy, I understand you. It is impossible in this day and age to make sure that nothing you say “triggers” or offends someone. You do the best you can with in reason. I have had an eating disorder too(bipolar also). I am not offended. Many don’t realize that many people have eating disorders and don’t look the stereotype of the very ill looking anorexic. I learned a lot about addiction to drugs and alcohol from Intervention and maybe others can learn about eating disorders from it too.

    2. EJC

      Bless this comment ☹️

  5. Tori

    Does anyone have any more recent updates on her?

  6. julia

    i’m a bullimic myself and her story came hard on me. wondering how she is today – any news?

  7. Meg

    Really felt for Annie. She likely “didn’t look sick” at 150 calories a day BC she is meant to be much larger. When I had an eating disorder, even at my sickest, I only got to 145lbs. I am now 190lbs and really healthy, like truly healthy. This is part of what makes eating disorders so hard and so dangerous. You can never tell! Much love to you Annie, hope you’re doing so well ❤️

  8. Claire

    tbh, I agree that the “doesn’t even look sick” line isn’t worded well. If others with eating disorders aren’t upset then great, but I have one and I am. I’ve looked at this page a few times over the years and it consistently bothers me feels/minimizing. I just didn’t say anything because I don’t like picking apart the way others phrase things. But since others have commented I’ll add my thoughts.

    There are kinder ways to articulate the same idea (ex: “the way she doesn’t appear physically sick even though she is”). The problem IMO is the ambiguity. For many of us, the “you don’t look sick” line has been used to dismiss our eating disorders. Including from doctors and the people who are supposed to help us. You can’t even be diagnosed with anorexia unless you’re underweight. It sucks and it hurts. So when someone online says “she doesn’t even look sick”, for many people that’s going to read as either questioning whether or not she’s actually sick, as saying she’s not really struggling, etc. even if that isn’t the intent. A little specification goes a long way.

    I get why this might seem like splitting hairs to some people, but for many people with eating disorders this is a huge deal. This is Dizzy’s website and I respect whatever they decide to do here, just wanted to add my thoughts.

    1. Dizzy

      Ok this makes sense to me, thank you Claire for clarifying how it’s bad phrasing. I understand now and I’ve changed it.

  9. T.T.

    I really liked Annie and felt for her. She strikes me as someone I’d want to be friends with in real life. I hope she, her family and her friends are doing well.