Real Life Stories

For 15-year-old Janine it started as a way to lose weight before the junior prom so she would look as good as the most popular girls in the school. She would drink just coffee for breakfast, have a hard-boiled egg and apple for lunch, then have lettuce and cottage cheese for dinner. This system worked so well that she continued it all summer until she fainted while walking her dog one night.

When 17-year-old Betsey found out how her best friend kept eating bags of chips and two bowls of ice cream every day for lunch without gaining weight, she decided she would also try throwing up after she ate.

Janine has Anorexia Nervosa and Betsey has Bulimia Nervosa.