A Family's Fear

July 28, 2011

Dr. Phil takes an eye-opening journey into the mind of a young woman suffering from anorexia and bulimia. Do you know the warning signs of an eating disorder? Parents, you can't afford to miss this show!  

Do you think about everything you eat with the fear of gaining weight? Do you check the calories on everything you eat in trying to control your weight? Do you skip meals to lose weight? How about your teenager? Could you or someone you love be at risk of developing an eating disorder? Take the full quiz here!


A Body Shutting Down
Meagan is 26 and weighs only 73 pounds. She starves herself all day, abuses laxatives, and binges and purges at night when everyone is asleep. She has been battling her eating disorders for more than 10 years. Her parents, Donna and Tom, and sister, Erika, fear she could die at any moment and admit they enable Meagan's disease to keep the peace.  

See a day in Meagan's life, and the effect her disease has on her family.



"She's Like a Monster"
Meagan's family says she controls the house and her mood can change in a snap. Erika gets a chance to tell her sister how she really feels. And, Dr. Phil introduces previous guests, Sue and Allan, and their daughter Abby. They turned to Dr. Phil three months ago, seeking help for their daughter, Jennifer. They share with Meagan's family how they are doing now, giving hope that things can get better.

"We gave Jennifer back her disease." 



Will Meagan accept help? Don't miss Part 2! Plus, see an update on former guest, Jennifer!