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Episode 91: Sonia and Julia

Season 6 Episode 3


Sonia (top) and Julia (bottom)
Age: 23
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Addiction: Anorexia
What’s memorable: Everything. It seems so clear that these two are addicted to each other, positively obsessed with each other, and not eating/being thin is just another way for them to compete. I mean they’ve obviously got a serious eating disorder, but it’s more obvious than usual that it is a symptom of much deeper emotional issues developed as a result of them never having had their own identities apart from being a twin. It’s such a sad story. I really hope they’re doing well now.

Legacy Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmZD_8a1m-8&t=71s

Official synopsis:  Identical twins Sonia and Julia, 22, shared everything as children and grew up in a loving home. Their parents emigrated from Poland and worked multiple jobs to send their children to the best schools. But now the family’s American Dream is turning into a nightmare as Sonia and Julia are withering away from anorexia. The sisters’ competitive spirit has turned to bitter rivalry and jealousy. And they’re so stricken with fear that the other will burn more calories that they never let each other out of their sight. Now their desperate parents seek help.

Original Air Date: June 2009
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Anorexia, Eating Disorder, Ken, Legacy Updates, Most Disturbing Episodes, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Most Uplifting Episodes, Season 6

Discussion

13 Responses to “Episode 91: Sonia and Julia”

  1. Besides the Allison episode, this is my most memorable episode watching the relationship of these two girls was so strange. I always think back to them moving methodically in sync, and their agreements regarding their eating disorders. They’re an example of what can go wrong with identical twins.

    Posted by Rachel | April 19, 2015, 9:11 pm
  2. As for their location I notice that if they don’t say their location they are typically in Canada. I know with another episode they had shown No Name brand products which is a bargain brand in Canada sold at Superstore locations. Maybe it was this one that had No Name? Not sure. I would guess these two were somewhere in Canada. Possibly Vancouver or Toronto.

    Posted by Stephanie | April 25, 2015, 1:40 pm
  3. Can I just say how relieved I was to see how well they seemed by the end of the episode?!!! Good for them!! Their parents just couldn’t comprehend…such different worlds like they said about waiting in line for bread then to see someone starving on purpose…of course that must be so utterly perplexing. Their sister saved their lives. Its good they had her to step in when she did. I hope they’re still doing well.

    Posted by Janine | June 2, 2015, 3:34 pm
    • It seems that they are. On the latest episode of Intervention, it gave an update for these two. They’re still maintaining a healthy weight and their relationship with each other is much healthier as well — while they still love each other as sisters should, it seems as if that unhealthy co-dependence and rivalry has disappeared. One of them lives in California (I think) and the other lives in Germany, and one of them (I think it was Sonia, but I forgot what the caption at the bottom said) said she was thinking about finding a nice guy and starting a family, while the other seemed a little uncertain about where their future was going to take them, but was certainly quite satisfied with life as it was. It was good to see that they were doing well.

      Posted by Angela | March 21, 2016, 12:00 pm
  4. I loved seeing their follow up on Kacy (S16)’s episode. So happy they’re doing well and growing as individuals 🙂

    Posted by Erica | March 21, 2016, 6:05 am
  5. As soon as I saw their names on the followup screen during Kacy’s episode, my eyes were wet and I seriously got chills. Their story really stuck with me hard, I was so glad to see them doing well.

    I found some great pictures of the sisters on the Kindred Co photography blog. They look healthy and gorgeous.

    Sonia and Julia 2015, Photo by Kindred Co

    Posted by Dizzy | March 22, 2016, 10:38 am
  6. Oh my god, they look like completely different people! Gorgeous!

    Posted by lisen | November 3, 2016, 12:02 pm
  7. Is the slow-talking, dead-behind-the-eyes thing a side-effect of the anorexia? Cuz it reminded me of how people are when their high on opiates. Not saying they were, I just don’t know a whole lot about eating disorders.

    Posted by Shelby Lee | November 15, 2016, 4:47 pm
    • I would say so. The nutritional & glucose deficiencies essentially leave them asleep on their feet. It’s like being sleep-deprived for a long time.

      (I’m not a doc; hopefully my explanation makes sense. 🙂 )

      Posted by M.E. | November 15, 2016, 5:01 pm
    • Yes it is. More specifically, it’s a side-effect of malnutrition. One of the symptoms of protein deficiency and insufficient caloric intake is lethargy, apathy and slow reaction time

      Posted by Janelle | November 16, 2016, 8:16 am
  8. Yes it is. More specifically, it’s a side-effect of malnutrition. One of the symptoms of protein deficiency and insufficient caloric intake is lethargy, apathy and slow reaction time.

    Posted by Janelle | November 16, 2016, 8:13 am

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