Dr. Drew's Daughter on Overcoming Eating Disorders

By RAPHAEL CHESTANG

February 24, 2014

Dr. Drew Pinsky's daughter Paulina Pinsky sat down with ET's Rob Marciano following her brave decision to go public with her seven-year battle with anorexia and bulimia.

Paulina, 21, wrote about her struggles in a blog post last fall, revealing that her body-image issues hit an all-time high while back home from Barnard College during spring break.

"I was home and I purged eight times," said Paulina, pinpointing the moment when she realized she needed help. "I was scared of myself."

As the daughter of an addiction medicine specialist and radio and television personality, Paulina admitted that going public with her battles presented a struggle in itself.

"I felt a lot of pressure to be perfect," said Paulina. "I think that is a product of Hollywood. Obviously I wouldn't feel so much of that pressure if [my dad] wasn't in the limelight, but I don't blame him for it whatsoever."

On Sunday, Dr. Drew gave the following statement to ET: "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."

To those who would ask how Dr. Drew didn't realize that his daughter had an eating disorder, Paulina told Rob, "That's the point -- it's a secret. That's how eating disorders work. That's why I'm so happy that I have the opportunity to talk about it."

Now, on the road to recovery, Paulina is hosting the first ever Body Positivity Week at Columbia University.



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