48 Hours: Price of Perfection (News Report on Anorexia, Bulimia, Eating Disorders)
Show date: 5/27/199948 Hours examines the consequences of the struggle to be perfect. Look in on Alicia Mitchell a 16 year-old who has been battling an eating disorder since she was 9. 48 Hours did a story on her in 1998. Mitchell was hospitalized more than 50 times, and enrolled in 15 different eating disorder clinics. She has weighed as little as 29 pounds & the physical stress caused a heart attack, blindness in one eye and kidney failure. Finally, at Remuda Rach, she learned to control the mental battle, but still struggles with perfection. Another 16 year old sought perfection through surgery. Hayley McCowen thought her breasts were deformed so she had surgery to make them "perfect". In 5 years this procedure in teens has increased 30%. Body Dismorphic Disorder affects 5 million Americans. Rob Ashton of Milton, VT, is determined to have the consummate build. Formerly an overweight child, Ashton is a bodybuilder who ironically is risking his health for the perfect body. Ashton's workout routine is exacerbating tissue damage in his elbows, and a congenital defect in his spine. His doctors want him to ease up, but within weeks of a competition, Ashton is willing to pay the price for perfection.