Dr. Drew's daughter reveals battle with eating disorder

Dr. Drew's daughter reveals battle with eating disorder

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Dr. Drew Pinsky

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by ANN OLDENBURG / USA Today

KING5.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 3:59 PM

Addiction specialist Drew Pinsky is proud that his daughter, Paulina, has revealed she has battled an eating disorder.

Paulina, a Barnard College junior, wrote about having been bulimic and anorexic for seven years in a blog post last fall. On the Columbia Daily Spectator's website, reports the New York Post, Paulina wrote that she struggled while training as an ice skater and felt pressure from others — including her mom, Susan — to be perfect.

"Purging eight times in one day to cope with the emotional stress of being home during spring break had finally scared me enough to take action," she said in a November 2013 essay on body shame.

Paulina, 21, describes how she admitted to her mom during a car ride, "I've been throwing up since the seventh grade." She continued, "After a silence that lasted far too long, she responded, 'Well, get your teeth checked.' "

Paulina says she needed to forge a new relationship with her mother and realize that the skating world's demands for perfection were unrealistic. Now, she writes, "I'm a work in progress."

And, she writes now as part of a self-love campaign, "I like talking about it — to me, it doesn't feel taboo, and I think it's so funny that it is. For me, talking about it normalizes talking about it. Eating disorders shouldn't be a secret because that's what perpetuates them."

Dr. Drew, an addiction specialist, said in a statement to ET on Sunday night: "We are so proud of Paulina and her outreach to help others and particularly empower women. When she recognized she needed help she sought treatment and actively engaged in the process. And now she is using her insights to help others."

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