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Episode 187: Kaila

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Kaila
Age: 19
Location: Los Gatos, California
Addiction: Anorexia
What’s memorable: She weighs 80 pounds, first of all. A smart and beautiful girl from an upper crust traditional family with decent parents: it’s hard to understand what went so wrong that she has to go to such extremes in order to feel loved, but no one knows what goes on in other peoples’ heads.  Kaila literally has days to live, but she feels powerful “going against the laws of nature.” It’s all very sad.

Official Synopsis: As a young girl, Kaila, 19, was raised in an affluent, image-conscious community where she felt teased for being overweight, and overlooked by her parents. Now, at a mere 80 pounds and eating only a few hundred calories a day, Kaila is literally starving herself to death to have what she’s always wanted–to be the center of her family’s attention. Her distraught parents have been told by Kaila’s doctors to prepare for her death, “Intervention is truly our last option,” says Kaila’s mother, “Please help us!”

Original Air Date: July 2013
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Anorexia, Eating Disorder, Ken, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Season 13

Discussion

32 Responses to “Episode 187: Kaila”

  1. I would love to know what happened to this girl. It was a horrible tragedy to hear she left treatment at the end of the show – I often think of her and wish her strength – but would love to know if she is still alive.

    Posted by Sarah | August 15, 2013, 8:34 am
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2tqziqDbwU she has not passed–spread link if possible

    Posted by Rachel Hokin | September 1, 2013, 11:54 pm
  3. Kaila is doing fine and is a successful college student…

    Posted by appleslover | August 17, 2014, 4:42 pm
  4. If she’s going to refuse treatment everyone should leave her alone and let her decide whether her life is worth living or not. It’s people like you all worrying about her that give her the energy to keep on with her illness. Like all interventionist say no codependency. That means stop caring until she can care for herself.

    Posted by jo | October 21, 2014, 7:25 pm
  5. Where it possible to view this episode? I do not see it on iTunes

    Posted by Holly | December 13, 2014, 11:40 pm
  6. All of her social media links have been removed, the one web page that is still active has her trying to sell her artwork but the site they are sold has also been removed. She seems to have disappeared, hope she is ok and her disease hasn’t caused her to disappear from this earth.

    Posted by TeeJay | December 14, 2014, 1:57 am
  7. Ahhh … the girl who felt “powerful” for surviving with that many health problems due to her anorexia. she kinda baffled me with that. i felt terrible for her family. hope shes many pounds heavier and healthy. and i hope her mentality about it changed too.

    Posted by Jeanine | December 30, 2014, 12:10 am
  8. If anyone knows how to get in touch with her––or any of the other show alumni for that matter––please let me know! I’m a journalist working on a piece about the show’s reboot. Thank you!

    Posted by Kelsey | January 23, 2015, 9:45 am
  9. Kaila is alive and well! Healthy, happy and wonderful.

    Posted by Amira | February 17, 2015, 9:47 pm
  10. I found her on Facebook. She looks to be healthy and doing well.

    Posted by Marie | February 18, 2015, 4:25 pm
  11. Here’s Kaila’s mom’s facebook with an image posted of them together yesterday. Kaila looks like she is doing a bit better. https://www.facebook.com/heather.bentinck

    Posted by AlexL | March 30, 2015, 1:54 pm
  12. I actually spoke to her directly for my piece, which she graciously agreed to be interviewed for. She seems well and says she is gearing up to graduate from college this December!

    Posted by Kelsey Osgood | March 30, 2015, 3:03 pm
  13. Here is a link to Kaila’s Facebook. It appears as though she is speaking with her mom again. https://m.facebook.com/kaila.bentinck

    Posted by Drbzy | May 11, 2015, 7:36 pm
  14. I found an article where Kaila was interviewed about Intervention and her experience. Apparently she was a big fan pre intervention! It sounds like she is doing well! 🙂

    http://www.vulture.com/2015/03/intervention-tv-too-ubiquitous-for-its-own-good.html

    Posted by Nicole | August 13, 2015, 12:04 am
  15. Hey everyone, she is still on Facebook. Kaila looks healthy and beautiful at a normal weight. So glad she got help.
    https://m.facebook.com/kaila.bentinck?tsid=0.9879157701507211&source=typeahead

    Posted by Ashley | September 5, 2015, 6:53 pm
  16. Growing up in Los Angeles is absolutely the most brutal place to live. I am from the Los Feliz neighborhood. Everyone is expected to live be blonde, skinny and tan. That’s just how SoCal living is. Some people can take very harsh criticism and others cant. I chose to leave my entire family behind in L.A. I opted for upstate NY and I’m blessed I get to live here.

    Posted by Mandy Nolan | November 4, 2015, 3:27 pm
    • I live in Los Gatos and it’s not in SoCal. It’s in the Bay Area in Northern California. Los Gatos is a beautiful, upscale community at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is an idyllic place to grow up. Not sure how or why Kaila’s brother said growing up in Los Gatos is rough. Those kids were lucky to grow up there and should appreciate what they have. I have great sadness for Kaila and her family but Kaila and her brother appear to have been spoiled rotten.

      Posted by iheartmypitbull | January 19, 2017, 9:17 am
      • You totally missed the point and clearly came here to be snarky. You fail on both counts. The comfortable and privileged upbringing they acknowledge having is a common factor in eating disorders of ALL kinds. “I’m not worthy” is repeated both literally and figuratively. Kaila felt she didn’t deserve her life because she felt inadequate to her peers. Her brother said it was ‘rough’ because she was bullied as a kid, called fat to her face. I’m relieved to learn that Kaila is in recovery, about to graduate and back in her family fold.

        Posted by Recovery Every Day | February 8, 2017, 10:47 am
  17. I feel bad for the pressure these people go through, but it’s far from the “most brutal” place. Eating disorders affect all socioeconomic groups. I’m glad to hear she is doing well now

    Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2017, 9:08 am
  18. No one picked up that she could have Borderline Personality Disorder? The fear of being alone, talking about doing things for attention, the smirks. She even said was happy for attention because she is making up for the time she was missing it and the smirk. Her brother had her number.

    Posted by Jenny | October 24, 2017, 3:04 pm
  19. That’s a definite possibility. Anorexics are extremely hostile and manipulative people and so are people with borderline personality disorders. The behaviour of starving themselves or binging/purging is their way of manipulating, controlling and harming others – in other words, they harm themselves in order to hurt other people.

    I’m of the opinion that anorexia and bulimia are behavioural disorders above and beyond all else (and a personality disorder is also a behavioural disorder), and that after the patient is medically treated and stabilized to get them out of immediate danger, the proper way to treat the disorder is through intensive behaviour modification therapy. They need to be taught that unhealthy attention-seeking behaviour and manipulative treatment of other people are unfair to others and therefore unacceptable, and they need to be taught more pro-social and productive alternative methods to express their anger, frustration and hostility toward others.

    Posted by Janelle | October 24, 2017, 3:44 pm
    • Nothing you said is correct. Nothing you said is backed-up by any research on eating disorders. You are clearly not a mental health professional nor have any education on eating disorders. So just stop. Seriously. People like you are so misinformed that you cause can cause serious harm. For the health and safety of people like Kaila, you should never associate with people who have mental illness.

      Posted by Renee | October 29, 2017, 6:52 pm
      • i second and third that. those statements a straight-up slap in the face to anyone who has ever struggled with an ED.

        Posted by Laura | November 8, 2017, 11:36 pm
    • This comment is totally messed up and uncalled for.

      Posted by Tazz | November 9, 2017, 11:14 am
  20. As a normal weight bulimic whose family lives in another part of the state, I was manipulating exactly zero people with my behaviors. Generalizations like these are not helpful when dealing with such problems. I was truly only hurting myself. No one even knew I had a problem.

    Posted by Tobie | November 9, 2017, 8:47 am

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