Eating Disorders: Battling Bulimia (cont.)

Member question: Now that everyone knows you have an eating disorder don't you find you are watched and judged more, like if you go to the bathroom after dinner?

Smith: I was actually never the person who would get up from the dinner table and go binge and purge. If I was going to binge and purge I would set it up myself. So people may be watching me now, but that was not my MO. I would set aside time, go buy my binge food, binge and purge for sometimes up to four hours, and then be done. But I would not excuse myself from the dinner table and go take care of it in the bathroom.

Moderator: We are almost out of time. Do you have any final comments for us today?

Brownell: I'm delighted that Yeardley could join us for this conversation. Hearing from someone who has lived the problem and expresses herself so clearly and so powerfully can motivate people to take action with their own problems. I'm pleased to have been part of this conversation.

Smith: Gosh, I am so blown away by your kind words, Dr. Brownell; thank you. It's a very new experience to have one's struggle validated like that. You always think that you're the only one, and it gives me great comfort and hope to know that there are people like you out there studying this disease and other eating disorders, because it tells me that other people who need it will get the help they very much need. Thank you for inviting me this morning.

Moderator: We'll have Dr. Brownell back with us again soon to talk about his new book.

Brownell: The book is called Food Fight, and it is about the national nutrition and obesity crisis and what might be done about it. Moderator: Thanks to Yeardley Smith for sharing her experiences with us in order to better understand bulimia from a first hand point of view. And thanks, as always, to Kelly Brownell, PhD, for sharing his expertise with us. Goodbye and good health!

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