Can Women with Anorexia Be Saved?

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The four women here are battling anorexia but they're ready to make a change. Two years ago I met a man at the same cross roads. I was worried he was too far gone to be saved, but he proved me wrong, and his story of recovery will give all of you hope. I'm Brian, I'm anorexic. In the last year I droped down to a low of 75, it's the lowest I've ever weighed.

If I don't get some help I will die. I think this is your last chance. At Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders in Arizona has agreed to accept you into treatment. Coming to Rosewood was a gift from God. Brian come on out. Congratulations. How do you feel? Pretty incredible.That's a healthy [xx].

Brian welcome back. Yeah. So what does it mean for you to be here today? I guess first I'd like to say thank you, to be totally honest without the Oz show there's a pretty chance I'd be dead right nowThank you Brian, thank you. You look good my friend.Thank you.So I asked you to come help me this time, and help some wonderful folks that we'll be talking to in a few minutes and a lot of folks at home as well who are struggling with this issue.

So, with us are Janice and Lin[sp?] who are as sick today as you probably were two years ago, what advice would you give them? First I'd just like to say that there's hope, absolutely. I know exactly, I've heard, your stories and I was there and I know it may seem hopeless right now, but this was my turning point when I came on to this show and it can be your turning point too.

I guarantee it and I speak that directly from my heartAre you okay with that Lin[sp?]? I want to bring Amanda and Britney into the conversation. I'm particularly concerned about both of you because you represent so many folks watching this show right who don't look anorexic but might have an anorexic brain which is where the whole battle is waged, what would you tell this young woman? You' had ask for numbers as to whether they'd become full blown anorexics, I'd say there's 100% guarantee.

This disease is relentless, merciless, insidious and once it gets a hold of you, you keep going until you're dead, I can guarantee that. I've been hearing about these pro-ana sites, that almost like a pro-cancer site. It really is. And it can start as a cancer of the brain, it really is.

It takes over your life, every aspect of your life and it takes everything from you, everything which you well know and that's where this will lead. So Tennie, the first step is acceptance. I'd just like you to work your magic here and just have a little conversation with each of our four women that we were worried about.

Yeah when Britney and I talked, you were 19 years old, and you're eating disorder started young, it started the compulsive overeating side, 196 pounds and what I heard you say when we were visiting, at one point you said I'm going to die if I don't get some help, andWhy did you say that? Because I knew.

I felt my body slowly[xx] at my lowest weight which was 92 pounds, and looking at those weights, now like I fear for those girls so much and I know that they are going to die. And Britney now it is time to get help, the longer you starve your brain the less it works and this is the only disease that tells us we don't have it or it is not that bad.

This brain chemistry has got to change and you two young women are at a wonderful place to get some help and I hope that you will be willing to do that now. It's not too late for you to because you're breathing in and out. As long as you are still breathing, there's hope, there is so much hope for recovery.

So Tennie what's your plan? What's the game plan? What would these women do if they really want a change you life? If you really want to change your life, we've talked to the staff because it's the staff that's going to be doing the hard work and they're willing to take you. We would like to invite and give each of you an invitation to come to Shades of Hope and it's not a quick fix, what you're going to have to look at is doing whatever it takes.