Monday, June 15, 2009

Anorexic Identical Twins Get Intervention

"I'd rather starve than be fat," says 22-year-old Julia. But at 5-foot-7-inches and 95 lbs., the frail girl is compared by her Polish parents to survivors of Auschwitz.

Julia's story was featured on last week's episode of our favorite reality show, A&E's "Intervention." As a young teen, when Julia developed earlier than her identical twin, she began exercising to lose weight.

Her sister, Sonia (three minutes younger and 3 inches shorter) who'd clung to her newfound identity as "the thin twin" followed suit.

A Deadly Pact
The girls' sisterly competition soon gnarled into a shared eating disorder. When the show was shot, the twins consumed about 300 calories a day, counted each others' steps to guarantee they burned equal calories and weighed their food before eating it, counting each piece of rice.

They also had a pact that they'd always weigh within 3 lbs. of each other. "I don't feel like we're two people sometimes," says Sonia. "We're one person." (Click here to see the full episode.)
I cried more at this show than I did at my own intervention. Thank God my Dad was not like theirs. My Dad is a little more gruff and forceful. He thinks he can demand sense from me, and he doesn't let his compassion show. And I know how to cower and look obedient, so there weren't a whole lot of tears, just acknowledged "submission."

Now that I've been (about a month ago) released from recovery, I am working on composing my thoughts for you guys to fill you in on just what happened and where I am now, emotionally and psychologically. I did a lot of lying in treatment, so I think my brain's a little screwed up, a) from being disordered, b) from lying so much. It's hard to tell which way is truly north. But stay tuned, I'll have it all figured out and posted for you soon.

Starve on.