Woman addicted to food to be featured on Oprah network

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by Brandy Aguilar, Special Projects

azfamily.com

Posted on April 1, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 5 at 2:15 PM

We all need food to live but for some people, food is an addiction. A Valley woman says that happened to her and she will be featured on a new series on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

“I got into the bad habit of not putting any food in my fridge, because when I would buy cereal or breads, those we're trigger foods for me,” Camille Rankin said. “And before you know it, I would sit down and have 12 cinnamon toasts and one box of cereal.”

Rankin is bulimic. She's been battling her eating disorder for the last sixteen years.
      
“I started binging and then I would compensate for that behavior and after inhaling all of those calories, I would not eat for six, 10, sometimes 15 days," Rankin said.

But besides depriving herself of food the 36-year-old was also using laxatives after her many binges.
 
“I was to the point when I went in to treatment in August, where I was just praying for god to take me in my sleep,” Rankin said. “I did not want to be around.”

Feeling broken and hopeless, Rankin was given a chance at recovery. She is one of eight people with eating disorders being featured in a new series on the Oprah Winfrey Network called "Addicted to Food".
 
“So there really wasn't a question for me as what people are going to think, or that aftermath of millions of people watching it and me disclosing a real personal story and family secrets,” Rankin said. “I just didn't think about it. I wanted help so bad, that I was desperate to do anything.”

The show follows the ups and downs Rankin and the rest of the crew face as they get help at a treatment facility in Texas called Shades of Hope. Founder and therapist Tennie McCarty is leading the group.

“I had a falling out with one of my best friends and her family and I had already had a lot of abandonment issues and there was some abuse that had happened and I think for me at that point was when my eating disorder got out of control,” Rankin said.

Coming to terms with her issues and looking for the light at the end of the tunnel was something Rankin finally realized she didn't have to face alone.
 
"In the end all of us coming together and realizing what a family we could become by going through this journey and being in a group of women and one guy that understood exactly what I was going through," Rankin said.


For more information, go to www.oprah.com/own.

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