Posted: 2:19 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
It just goes to show you that we are all human.
The New York Post reported this weekend that Dr. Drew Pinsky — the person many Americans turn to for medical advice — has a daughter, Paulina Pinsky, who had a seven-year battle with anorexia and bulimia.
On Sunday, he opened up to Entertainment Tonightsaying, “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.”
The story broke when the Barnard College junior wrote on the Columbia Daily Spectator’s website that she struggled with an eating disorder while training to be an ice skater.
In November 2013, she wrote: “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.”
The 21-year-old also wrote an essay for Endangered Bodies last year. She recalled a family discussion concerning Kim Kardashian’s weight gain during her pregnancy:
“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.’”
But things have changed for Dr. Drew’s daughter. Paulina has been in recovery for a year and a half now and she is hosting a Body Positivity Week at her college.