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Dr. Drew's Daughter Reveals Her Shocking 7-Year Battle With Anorexia And Targets Her Mother For Pressuring Her To Be Thin!!

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Dr. Drew is an expert on treating addiction, so this is surely to hit close to home.

He has nothing but love and admiration for his daughter and, now, the 21-year-old Paulina Pinsky is opening up about her 7 year battle with anorexia.

And, as an addiction medicine specialist, he knows all about what goes into a fight like this, but a lot of her issues seem to stem from her upbringing, especially her mother, his wife of 22 years, Susan Pinsky. In fact, what Paulina says about the pressures her mother put on her are even tough to read.

In a statement, Dr. Drew said:

"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."

We're proud of her too, for what it's worth!

This is such an amazing thing for her to do, to reach out and help others. It probably isn't easy at all, but she wrote and honest and open column about her issues on the Columbia Daily Spectator’s website. As a junior at Barnard College in New York, nothing about this isn't hard.

Among other pressures and reasons, she specifically noted being a competitive ice skater and a huge amount of pressure from her mom, Susan. She writes:

"My ability to listen to my mother … had disappeared when I had hit rock bottom four months prior and had put myself into therapy. 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."

Paulina is a triplet, and spoke about admitting her problems to her mother, saying:

"[I said to her,] 'I’ve been throwing up since the seventh grade.' After a silence that lasted far too long, she responded, 'Well, get your teeth checked.'"

Are you kidding us?? That's DISGUSTING that her mother would react like that!

Paulina continued:

"[She] needed me to be perfect … I was the pretty blonde girl who was a cheerleader and an ice skater. I got good grades, had a boyfriend, and was thin … But I was suffering under the weight of 'perfection' in a way that even I didn’t completely understand."

Oh, and that's not even the half of if. Paulina opened up on a different website about a family dinner convo surrounding Kim Kardashian's pregnancy weight:

"I hadn’t even completed my thought about how disgusting I found the media’s emphasis on her weight gain before my mother interrupted me. 'Yeah. She got ­really fat.' I looked at my father. He just mumbled his medical opinion under his breath, saying, 'You know, it’s very unhealthy for the baby to gain that much weight. Could be eclampsia.'"

Insanity. We can't even imagine a household like this, it's no wonder Paulina had such a negative body image of herself!

Luckily, she's on her way to getting better — recognizing the problems and taking them head-on! She revealed:

"I am a year and a half into recovery after a seven-year battle with bulimia and anorexia, and this spectacle makes me furious… This public shaming is making the world a harder place to live in."

Get it, girl! You can do it!

We wish you nothing but the best!

We just really wish things could've been different, and that your mother could've been something else instead of all the negative things she clearly exudes.

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15 comments to “Dr. Drew's Daughter Reveals Her Shocking 7-Year Battle With Anorexia And Targets Her Mother For Pressuring Her To Be Thin!!”

  1. sara says – reply to this


    How sad!!!!! That's horrible her mother responded like that. I saw her parents on TV and her mother seemed cold and A real bitch.

  2. susieserb says – reply to this


    ??? Dude? we all said KK was getting fat during her pregnancy, at the dinner table. I guess all of America is dysfunctional.

  3. Nate says – reply to this


    She looks fat too me. Are these pictures before, during or afterwords? Just because you don't pig out ever freaken day doesn't make you Ano.

  4. 4

    And the truth of Dr. Drews immorality and unethical behavior finally start to rear it's ugly head. Drew is a fucking fraud.

  5. 5

    Yes it was awful that Susan put that pressure on her, but if you read the whole column you'll know that she was pressured by her mother too and it made her believe that women needed to be perfect. Paulina writes that in the last two years her mother and hers relationship has been rebuilt and is super strong. And Susan now promotes eating disorder awareness and says herself she is very proud of her daughter.
    Go read the column before judging!

  6. 6

    why hasn't that disgusting excuse of a mother been charged with Child Endangerment. And WTF Dr Drew how is it that he can be giving advice to others when he let his horrible wife cause their child to develop a dangerous mental disorder. He needs to banned from giving professional counseling to anyone and that mother needs to be in jail for child endangerment

  7. 7

    So Dr. Drew doesn't live a perfect life and have a perfect family like he leads us all to believe…..

  8. Dr. Remulak says – reply to this


    Reminds of Christina Ricci with that cute "I'm supposed to be a cute-chubby girl but I don't want to be" head & face shape. Woman like this need to just accept that they are supposed to be a little chubby and get over it. A little chubbiness is cute on some women. Not that I would ever marry a chubby woman, just saying is all.

  9. 9

    Really??? What's wrong with all of you on here making nasty comments about the mother and Dr. Drew? First of all, he had NO part in what went on between mother and daughter, so any finger pointing in that direction is ridiculous. About the mother… yes, she was clearly the cause of a lot of self-doubt and pressure placed on her daughter. But does that mean she should be charged with a crime (as at least one of you said)? No. She never intended to harm her daughter, even though her words DID cause Paulina to think in unhealthy ways. Their relationship is repaired and all have learned valuable lessons. The need to finger point will always amaze me, considering that NO ONE is perfect, no matter how much we would like to think we have no ability to have dysfunctional mindsets.

  10. 10

    Re: Dr. Remulak – You're clearly an asshole. Just saying.

  11. 11

    Re: Nate – You sound like a person who will not be happy until all females have bulimia or anorexia. Grow up and accept people for who they are and how they can add to your life rather than what they look like.

  12. Rebecca says – reply to this


    The mother has some meat on her arms. Why would she put such pressure on her daughter while not putting any on herself?

    I wonder if Dr. Drew realized what a bad parent he was being by changing the subject or ignoring what is going on. I lost all respect for Dr. Drew with that show about unwed teenagers. Those girls on that show have such bad lives because of that show. I hope future young unwed mothers realize this and stay away from Dr. Drew's show.

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


    Societal (media) and peer pressure is 10,000 times more than a couple of off hand remarks a mom might have made. The fact that the daughter turned it all in on herself and mistakenly responded with purging in an attempt to control can be what happens in bulimia. The remark about the teeth is completely appropriate (along with the commesurate spiritual aid hopefully!) because purging's stomach acids RUIN enamel permanently. Don't blame your mother. She has been trying to exist in this weight obsessed society too, and hopes for it to be easier for you.

  14. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Dr. Remulak – Darwin might rule in your case because women who carry a little body fat are more fertile. The human body knows when it's ripe and stocked for conception.

  15. SUSAN PINSKY says – reply to this


    Re: @v@


    And I was starting to like Perez too.

    Sat next to Perez at Stern Party, walked up to say hello and how cute his boy is on Vine, and, to be quite frank, he was abrupt and nasty to me that night at that very moment before this came out. I jut thought he was too famous. Not that he hated me.

    And I have more integrity than he has ever had and will never attack. I have more love than hate to share. It is never easy raising kids, let alone triplets. Paulina and I are working on this every day and I love her for her courage to attack what women battle socially and mentally every day in the classroom, the ballet studio, and at home. Even if I am the biggest culprit of falling into the weight of perfection, let's all make a difference for the future of women and love our bodies, our minds, and our souls. Love you Paulina. Please don't be mad at me for posting this. This woman made me feel so much better and I applaud her!