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Anorexia, Bulimia, And Overwhelming Anxiety: Woman Describes Living With Severe Eating Disorders

Danielle says she hates the feeling of food in her stomach. The 34-year-old, living with severe anorexia and bulimia since she was a teenager, weighs just 68 lbs. In addition to chronic health problems, Danielle says her life has become “very anti-social” because she experiences overwhelming anxiety over anything relating to food or drink. She also says she is embarrassed by her appearance. “I know I don’t look good, and I don’t want to be around people,” says Danielle. “The people that I have in my life don’t deserve that. They deserve a better quality person than I am right now.” Danielle’s mother, Renee, says it’s painful to see how others – especially strangers – treat her daughter, but right now, their focus is on trying to keep her heart beating. “That’s our goal – to save her life.” Renee says Danielle has been in and out of hospitals and treatment centers for the past 20 years. Hear more about their story on Monday’s Dr. Phil, “68-Pound Anorexic Nutrition Counselor.” Check your local listing to find out where you can watch. WATCH: Woman Living With Severe Eating Disorders Claims She’s Helping Obese Women Who Want To Lose Weight TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Need Dr. Phil to get real with someone?