This next story struck a chord with viewers around the world, receiving millions of views on social media. This is Erin’s story. My name is Erin and I am addicted to exercise. I exercise eight hours a day. I never get tired. I don’t get sore. I’ll cancel plans. I’ll cancel appointments. It’s been controlling my life. I just can’t stop. Be about eight months ago, I triggered a memory that I was molested from the age of six to ten. It threw me over the edge so basically from that time on, I’ve been adding on exercise so that I could just forget about that whole nightmare. I’m just scared that my body’s just gonna break down. Why can’t you take a day off? Do you think food is also part of the problem? I don’t feel like I have an issue with food. Are you rigid with your diet? Yes. What have you eaten today? Nothing. And you haven’t exercised today so. I got up at four and got at least four hours in. Open up. Okay, take a deep breath. Travis, seriously. In the six years that I have done this show with you, Erin is the most ill person that we’ve had on this show. I’m just tired of living like this. I can’t do it anymore. We would like to extend to you an offer to come and spend 60 days with us. Free of charge. Erin. What do you think? I have to do it. I have to. I’ve been out of treatment for three months, I feel like I have a new life. I gained between 18 and 20 pounds. I get at least 6 hours of sleep. My exercising is down to three hours a day. I incorporate yoga and I eat during the day. So I actually feel hungry in the morning and I’m definitely working in healthy fats. Treatment was hard at first. The second day of therapy, they put a poster down and said draw myself and then mark everything you like about your image. To look and not be able to say, this is what I like about myself. That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I know my molester stole my innocence. I’ll still have flashbacks but it won’t trigger me to go exercise eight hours a day. I’m not running from that anymore because everybody knows now. I would love to say to the doctors, I cannot thank you enough ’cause, for the first time in my life, I can actually say that I’m looking forward to the future. (audience applauds) Please welcome Erin back to the show and Erin I think I speak for everyone when I say, we’re proud of you. Thank you.
Yes. Thank you. (audience applauds)
And I know this wasn’t easy. I know this is not an overnight fix but I’m curious, when you watch footage from when you were here last time on the stage, what are you thinking? I still can’t even watch it. It’s scary to see. You don’t see that when you’re living that. But when you see it, it’s real life. I hadn’t seen Erin since that taping. I know it’s been a struggle. These months have been a struggle. I mean, there are times when you were you busting I was ready to workout
to get out. Yes, I was.
Yes, many times. You were, so I tried not to interfere, but, you know the courage and the fact that you’re persistent I think that just needs to be really applauded ’cause it isn’t an easy road, not at all. (audience applauds)
Thank you. And also I do want to introduce you all to someone from the treatment center that helped Erin out at Haven Hills Recovery. Amy Ryk, who I thank you all so much for taking such diligent care of Erin. How about her progress while she was there? I mean truly remarkable. Tell us about that. Yeah, you know eating disorders are so complex and it really is an obsessive compulsive disorder. So the fact that Erin came in with such incredible courage and determination and in 60 days was able to reduce exercise from eight hours to three and really had flexibility and willingness and the courage to get a strong foundation for what I think will be a continuing and healing journey. (audience applauds) And Erin, your ability to develop insight into what you were dealing with, but also acknowledging that this is going to be something that you deal with going forward, so on that note, we have clinical psychologist, Dr. Joy Jacobs here, joining us who has some expertise in this and I know you have something you’d like to share. Hi, I’ve been working with people just like you Erin for many, many years and survived an eating disorder and exercise addiction myself and I’d like to offer you a year of free treatment to continue on your journey to recovery. (audience applauds) Thank you. (audience applauds) Thank you.
(audience applauds) And I think Erin what I’d like to do before we go to break, is just give you the floor. Anyone else out there watching right now who’s maybe in the same place you were when you last walked on this stage. What would you say to them? Don’t be afraid. There is help out there. When I reached out to the show, I was lost. I didn’t know there was treatment for, I didn’t even know there was exercise addiction. I didn’t know it was, you know, categorized with eating disorders. I didn’t know it had to do with molestation from the past and it’s all an addiction. But I just want anybody to know, I mean there is a path that you can take and you could be successful. And it’s, You know, you just have to follow it. Kudos to you. Thank you and Amy. (audience applauds) Thank you all so much. Dr. Jacobs, thank you. And Dr. Jorge. Thank you.