As Michelle Kachin’s family watched her drop more than half of her 315-lb. body weight, they had no idea it was because of a dangerous, life-threatening addiction.
But as she reveals to her mom on Thursday’s episode of the syndicated daytime series The Doctors, Kachin lost 180 lbs. after developing bulimia.
“I’ve had trouble with my weight my whole life,” she explains. “Age 16 I really was considered obese. At my heaviest, I weighed 315 lbs. I got tired of looking in the mirror and seeing myself, always disgusted. So I decided to do something about it.”
“Over the last two years I’ve lost over 180 lbs. The problem is, I lost the weight by binging and throwing up my food.”
Kachin explains that she also suffers from a form of body dysmorphia.
“I see the number on the scale, and it could say 140, it could say 130 — I’m just never happy with it,” she says. “I know I’m not the 315 lb. girl I was two years ago, but some part of me feels like I still am.”
Psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow wants Kachin realize the gravity of her addiction.
“Do you know some of the worst-case scenario outcomes of eating disorders? Death. Because it’s not just about you feeling better, it’s about your life,” Dow tells her.
“That’s why you’re here today,” Dr. Stork says, “because we need to get you better.”
For more on Kachin’s story, check your local listings and tune in to The Doctors on Thursday.