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Episode 37: Kim

Season 3, Episode 2


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
Interventionist: Candy

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


17 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
  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
  7. I’m pretty sure this was the first episode of Intervention I ever saw, and wow did it disturb me. Probably because I saw a lot of myself in Kim.

    Posted by Stefan | May 2, 2018, 2:01 am
  8. Eating disorders ARE mental illnesses. They are not being overly dramatic. People think they know what anorexia is but … let me tell you… you don’t. It kills 25 percent of young people who have it and nearly 50 percent of adults who have it. We have been struggling to keep our daughter alive for 4 years. It is a nightmare of “unreality”. There is little than can be done to help after they turn off 18. I sometimes wish she had cancer because then she would want to get better and we would have a chance. She wouldn’t lie and lash out at the people who want to help her and love her. Hard core mental illness. Devastating. Kim is not the worst… fairly typical. My heart bleeds for people who suffer from this and their families. Little help, little understanding, little support for adult sufferers and their families.. Believe me, it isn’t staged. It isn’t.

    Posted by Sandra | June 14, 2018, 6:25 pm
  9. Her family is horrendous

    Posted by Hailey | March 3, 2020, 10:45 am
  10. I can’t believe how much of a difference 16 lbs made, she looked really good. I hope she’s doing well but in all honesty I’d be surprised if she is.

    Posted by Adam | April 3, 2020, 11:11 pm
  11. How guys dare you guys judge her or her family? They suffer bad enough. If you had this disease or knew someone who had it you’d never say ” horrendous ” or ” narcissic ”.

    Posted by Marie-Claire Pinet | April 26, 2020, 9:39 pm
  12. Just noticed they are Mormon! This explains a lot! Total respect for Mormons —don’t get me wrong. But there I a pressure for perfection in the culture, and it accounts for a lot of this behavior being prevalent in the Mormon community.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | September 5, 2020, 4:02 pm

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