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Episode 51: Emily

Season 4, Episode 1

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Emily
Age: 26
Location: Ohio
Addiction: Anorexia, exercise
What’s Memorable: How sick and frail her body is. How weird it is to see what she would look like if she wasn’t Anorexic (twin sister). The crazy food rituals.

Official synopsis: Emily, 26, grew up struggling to meet her parents’ high expectations. Despite winning many academic and athletic honors, Emily suffered from depression and low self-esteem, and her shameful feelings intensified when she became a date-rape victim in college. She dieted in hopes of regaining control of her emotions and life, but now she weighs less than 90 pounds. Her family’s last hope is an intervention that will stop her from starving herself to death.
Original Air Date: December 2007

Interventionist:  Candy

Categories: Anorexia, Candy, Eating Disorder, Exercise, Most Disturbing Episodes, Rape, Season 4

Discussion

11 Responses to “Episode 51: Emily”

  1. What ever happened to her? Did she finally except help and deal with everything that has made for feel so alone?

    Posted by Marcia | March 29, 2015, 4:22 pm
    • I’ve been wondering about her myself. I tried looking for an update many times. Apparently, Intervention filmed one, but it is no longer posted. I hope she was able to make it through recovery and is now happy and healthy. She was so incredibly smart and intuitive – she even understood her rituals – since she had a Master’s degree in Counseling. It was so painful to watch her self-destruct because of the rape and low self-esteem.

      Posted by MissLeopard83 | May 11, 2015, 8:58 am
  2. Do we have an update on Emily? Her story is so heart-breaking and I so want to hear that she is (hopefully) doing well!

    Posted by Steph | August 26, 2015, 4:21 pm
  3. Has anyone heard of any update on Emily?

    Posted by Lauren | March 23, 2016, 11:08 pm
  4. this one is rarely on TV — I may have only seen it the day it was on TV originally. I’ve never seen an update. I work in a rehab and the eating disorder cases are the toughest.

    Posted by blarinna | July 17, 2018, 9:04 am
  5. I’d love to see an update on Emily. She seems like a good-hearted person who lacks the narcissism, manipulativeness and spitefulness that most anorexics and bulimics have. Compare her to Kaila, Amy from Toronto, Andrew, Katie and Kelly from Season 1. Her anorexia began in high school, but it escalated dramatically and got completely out of hand after she was gang raped in college, and she would have had to come to terms with that trauma in order to begin recovery from the anorexia.

    Kaila was also the last person with an eating disorder profiled on the show, and that was all the way back in season 13 in 2013. Most seasons prior to that had at least one or two eating disorders, but there haven’t been any in 5 years. I wonder why the producers decided to stop profiling eating disorders on the show?

    Posted by Janelle | July 19, 2018, 2:09 pm
    • Dizzy, this is at least the third post I’ve read by this individual that includes derogatory and untrue statements about people with eating disorders (“the narcissism, manipulativeness and spitefulness that most anorexics and bulimics have”…really??) I know other folks have been upset by it too, and especially on behalf of those of us recovery from an eating disorder, I’d like to know if it’s a violation of comment rules…and if not, can we develop a policy about it? Thanks.

      Posted by Laura | August 13, 2018, 10:28 pm
  6. I think they should force rapists in prison to watch this show. This is what happens when people are violated. This is what their lives become. Emily’s story has always stayed with me, and I often think of her. I truly hope she was able to find happiness from this hell.

    Posted by Tobie | July 20, 2018, 6:10 am
  7. I just saw this episode today. I really hope she got better. I felt so bad for her. If anyone has any updates on her I would love to know how she’s doing now and I hope she has found inner peace.

    Posted by Andy | July 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

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