Dating someone with anorexia
Today, Baumann maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle and is proud that both her daughters live similarly healthy lives.Many of you will remember Isabelle Caro, the brave model who bared all to show the true horror of anorexia.The 26-year-old, who would obsessively pace the streets from 6am to 6pm, spent 18 months in hospital in a last-ditch bid to overcome her anorexia. She can't pinpoint exactly when her daughter Ruth, now 17, developed the eating disorder that almost killed her, but Dolly, 44, has been on the journey with her, and is ¬brutally honest about where it led.Few mothers of anorexics would have taken ‘playing the game' to the level Dolly did.Baumann, who lives in Laguna Niguel, Calif., struggled with anorexia since her high school years, but that it worsened after she got married and began having children."I feared my pregnancy," said Baumann, who gained a normal 33 pounds during her first pregnancy.After years of accompanying her daughter to conventional treatment sessions, GP visits, even signing the papers to hospitalise her, Dolly, a ¬manager for a construction firm from Northover, Essex, came up with her own idea of how to help Ruth beat anorexia. Incredibly, she went on a diet, joining Ruth in a calorie-controlled ‘pact' even she describes as illogical.Dolly admits not everyone shares her enthusiasm for the way she has handled the situation.
At the same time she encourages 5st 9lb Maisy to enjoy chocolate and cupcakes.This was not the first case of twin anorexia to gain global attention; twin sisters Michaela and Samantha Kendall also fought anorexia for many years.Michaela died in 1994 from the direct effects of anorexia on her body, and Samantha fought to recover and was not at an extremely low weight when she died, but committed suicide in 1997.After suffering from anorexia half her life, Rebecca's tiny frame fits easily into clothes designed for seven to eight year olds.Weighing just five stone, the young mother weighs less than her daughter, despite standing eight inches taller.