Paulina Pinsky, the daughter of TV star Dr. Drew Pinsky, suffered a harrowing seven-year battle with the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia.
The reports became public just as National Eating Disorders Awareness Week kicked off.
Paulina, 21, made the stunning revelations on the Columbia Daily Spectator, the news website for Columbia University, where she is a junior. Pinsky said the intense pressure to be perfect and live up to her mother's high standards drove her anorexia and bulimia struggles.
"I’ve been throwing up since the seventh grade," she wrote. "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."
Paulina said her mom's perfectionism made her especially vulnerable to low self-esteem and the neurotic need for control that's behind the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia.
[My mother] needed me to be perfect. I was the pretty blonde girl who was a cheerleader and an ice skater. I got good grades, had a boyfriend, and was thin. But I was suffering under the weight of ‘perfection’ in a way that even I didn’t completely understand.”
In a September 2013 post about body shame and weight bullying, Paulina said she was disgusted with the media fat-shaming of Kim Kardashian's pregnancy weight gain. Kardashian, who gained over 50 pounds during her pregnancy, has since shed all the weight by following the low-carb Atkins diet, but admitted the cruel fat jabs "hurt my soul."
Shockingly, Pinsky said her mom joined in on the fat-shaming of Kardashian, calling Kim "really fat." Paulina was even more upset that her dad, addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, agreed with her mom.
“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.”
Paulina is recovering from anorexia and bulimia and hopes society can become more accepting of people of all sizes. "I am a year and a half into recovery after a seven-year battle with bulimia and anorexia, and this spectacle makes me furious,," she wrote. "This public shaming is making the world a harder place to live in.”
"We are so proud of Paulina and her outreach to help others and particularly empower women," he said. "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."