Overcoming Eating Disorders
Identical twins Kacy and Stacy Cluxton can remember watching the Britney Spears' "Crazy" video on television and wanting to look just like the pop star. They were athletes who played basketball and ran cross country and track, and they were diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. They became dangerously thin and stopped having menstrual periods. They each dropped to 89 pounds, and their worried parents brought them to Cincinnati Children's for help. It took years of treatment, but the twins dealt with their problems and have gone on to become professional dietitians themselves. Now the twins are helping to promote the eating disorder program at Cincinnati Children's and our new inpatient psychiatric unit at the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason. It will focus on treating teens with eating disorders and address other mental health needs as well.