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Episode 51: Emily

Season 4, Episode 1


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


23 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
      • It’s not just eating disorders that she’s an expert on……it seems she is an expert on every addiction/disorder that someone has on here.

        Posted by Kitty Katt | August 13, 2018, 11:11 pm
      • I know, it’s an issue. I’ve given a warning about something else before and she hasn’t done that since so I didn’t feel like I had a legit reason to ban her, despite my discomfort with much of what she says. What she often does in the comments (antagonizing, diagnosing, generally being a rude know-it-all) is admittedly kind of a grey area in the comment policy. But at this point enough people have complained about her comments that I can’t in good conscience let her keep posting. So consider Janelle banned as of today.

        Posted by Dizzy | August 20, 2018, 1:54 pm
        • Thank you very much Dizzy. I really do appreciate you taking into consideration about other people’s feelings and complaints. Her comments were just awful.

          Posted by Andy | August 20, 2018, 8:48 pm
        • Thank you. I don’t need to read about how I’m a terrible, unredeemable person because I have an eating disorder. I already feel bad enough.

          Posted by Tobie | August 21, 2018, 4:46 am
        • Thank you, Dizzy. We appreciate you, I feel safer as a result of this decision.

          Posted by Laura | September 3, 2018, 10:38 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
  8. It just gallsme that these pigs who raped her got away with it. While she continues to suffer.

    I hope she is well.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | August 18, 2018, 8:06 pm
  9. I really hope you’re well, Emily. I hope you and your family have found peace with each other.

    Posted by Kara | August 21, 2018, 5:41 pm
  10. I just found this. It says she passed away here on this link. RIP Emily, Bless her heart. She was so sweet. https://justbelieverecovery.com/intervention-deaths/

    Posted by Spessie | September 16, 2018, 10:35 pm
    • This page has Emily under the “7 Of The Most Engaging Intervention Episodes” section, so it’s not saying that she died.

      Everyone should be aware of that Just Believe website. It’s a recovery center that has these Intervention lists that they put up there purely to get clicks from Google. They write their own synopses of the episodes but they get the updates and most of the photos from Intervention Directory. These Intervention lists are only accessible via Google, you can’t get to them in the menu, and they have multiple “deaths” pages with different titles. What they’re doing is working, they usually have the top spot above Intervention Directory in the Google searches.

      Posted by Dizzy | September 17, 2018, 9:34 am
  11. Be well Emily. Thinking of you and wishing you the best. I hope you realize people out here are pulling for you.

    Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2019, 3:44 pm
  12. I hope she’s ok. I just rewatched in first time in years (been watching for 14 years – half my life) and I swear seeing her without clothes disturbed me more than watching people shoot up. This is not meant in a Ew she’s so skinny derogatory way but rather an Oh my gosh she is sooo sick way. Almost like you could see her organs. I overcame anorexia in my younger years and I’m so glad I was able to listen to my family telling me I was going to die. When you’re young, you never think anything is that serious. IT IS. I hope she’s happy and healthy. We love you, Emily!

    Posted by Xlio | August 31, 2020, 1:59 pm

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