Mother's Lesson (03:51)
Mary Margaret Carter describes her desire to be beautiful. She remembers her mother constantly talking badly to herself in the mirror.
Model Weight (03:09)
Becoming a model meant Carter paid more attention to her weight and obsessively weighed herself. She learned that one of her peers controlled her weight by vomiting after eating.
Binge and Purge (02:29)
Carter became addicted to bingeing and purging. She would eat uncontrollably and then throw up following meals.
Low Self-Esteem (02:57)
A boy from school wanted to date Carter, but she was too disgusted with her own body to believe that someone could be interested in her.
Doctor's Warning (04:05)
Carter crafted elaborate rituals to disguise her disease as it became more entrenched in her life. When Carter visits the doctor, the doctor warns her about weight. Her mother finds evidence of Carter's vomiting.
Getting Help (03:19)
Carter's parents confront her. She tries to deny that she has a problem but they insist she see a psychiatrist. She is diagnosed with bulimia.
False Cures (02:00)
Carter became more secretive of her eating habits. She graduated high school and vowed to give up bulimic tendencies. At college, she met a girl with an eating disorder.
Competitive Weight Loss (03:48)
Carter and her new friend Kristin obsessively dieted, binged, and purged together. Kristin became emaciated and eventually starved herself to death.
Program Epilogue (01:41)
Carter was sent to a clinic for eating disorders. After four years, she came to understand the psychiatry of eating disorders. She encourages sufferers to get help.
Credits: Lifestories 02: Families In Crisis–Secret Life Of Mary-Margaret: Portrait Of A Bulimic (01:49)
Credits: Lifestories 02: Families In Crisis–Secret Life Of Mary-Margaret: Portrait Of A Bulimic
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