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Dr. Drew: Daughter’s Lonely Struggle With Body Image

    February 25, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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You would think a man who made a name for himself offering “medical” opinions nobody asked for and exploiting the public breakdowns of the rich and famous for personal gain would be far more observant as to what goes on closer to home.

Dr. Drew Pinsky’s daughter Paulina has revealed that she has been struggling for years with a combination of negative body issues and mountains of pressure to be “perfect”. She says though this pressure was placed on her by both of her parents, it had been especially hard dealing with her mother.

The New York Post reported that Pinsky, a Barnard College junior, wrote on the Columbia Daily Spectator’s website that life in the presence of her parents had become virtually unbearable.

“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 said that she had tried to open up to her mother about what was happening to her during a car ride, finally admitting details about her bulimia.

After an awkward silence, Pinsky claims her mother said to her, “Well…get your teeth checked.”

Pinsky stated that this isn’t the only inappropriate commentary her mother has shared about women’s body issues.

When the young woman commented to her parents over dinner about all the mean and disturbing opinions she’d heard about Kim Kardashian gaining weight because she was pregnant, her mother apparently responded with, “Yeah. She got ­really fat.”

Dr. Drew, who didn’t seem interested in crossing Paulina’s mother, simply added that Kardashian’s weight gain was probably excessive.

“You know, it’s very unhealthy for the baby to gain that much weight.” he’s alleged to have commented, “Could be eclampsia.”

Paulina Pinsky feels very strongly about the issues women struggle with when it comes to their bodies. She sees them as often fueled by negative, insensitive commentary similar to what she suffered through at home.

“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.”

Dr. Drew did release a statement to about Paulina’s recent revelation and road to recovery:

“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.”

Hopefully this support will be more than cosmetic in nature now that the cat is out of the bag regarding the previous behavior of him and his wife towards their child.

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  • renee

    I feel badly that as a teen, understandably she couldn’t cope with her parent’s attitude towards ‘fat’ people and their expectations of her. However, now she is an adult and I am glad she has become healthy and is addressing the issue. Take some responsibility for herself and her acts.. Hopefully, she can impress upon young women the need for healthy outlook on body image. But let’s not excuse obesity, it is an epidemic not only in the US. I am all for expanding the ideals of beauty as more than a woman who wears a size 0-6.

  • sosodeff

    This article is curiously very-one sided and clearly written to make her parents look bad. Poorly written as well.

  • Zenith

    I hope this disclosure of a very private issue will improve her chances at being able to successful change the way she has been taught and prompted to feel about weight and body image. She is an attractive young woman who fits the mold of what society promotes as the ideal beauty. If SHE (and others like her) are subject to these unrealistic expectations, it makes me even more impressed with women/girls who don’t even come close to meeting the ‘standard’ , but manage to have a healthy body image.
    I am also surprised at the overall tone of the article.

  • Jessica Lee Johnson

    I completely understand what his daughter is going through. For years i battles an eating disorder and my mom was my biggest critic. She has always been thin and was very critical of people that were a little bit bigger. It’s harder when your going through something so intense and you don’t have your parents support. After all your parents should be the one you can turn too, your rock. Most often that’s not the case, you end up going through it alone. Happy to hear she sought help and is now being an advocate for others!