May 13, 2011 10:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
When viewers first met Alexis she was a devoted wife and mother who juggled taking care of her family, hanging out with friends, and exercising. Religion is also very important to the Christian housewife. The show followed Alexis going to church with her family and having dinner with her minister. She’s looked amazing and seemed as though she has the perfect life but now, she recently told E! News that, “I suffered from both anorexia and bulimia.”
She says she decided to go public now because, “It’s time to try to help people with something I overcame.”
Alexis says she hopes her own struggles will serve as inspiration to others telling E! News, “Someone can be 10 years free of it and our life can go back to normal. I’ve been through a lot of therapy over the years.”
She also explained how having an eating disorder is a life-long battle, “It’s something like alcoholism…Suffering from an eating disorder you can’t go, ‘I’m completely cured,’ but you don’t have to practice it.”
After going through therapy, Alexis believes that it started when she was 12 years old and her parents got divorced. She explains, “My teacher called my mom and said she was worried I wasn’t eating.”
Alexis was able to maintain a regular weight through her teens, but it was in college when she was 18 years old that her real struggle began. She remembers, “In college I would go days without eating because it does consume you…I would do both, but mostly purging because I would be out with friends. It’s not pretty.”
Alexis’ roommate called her mom and after that Alexis began therapy. Now she doesn’t fear a relapse but says it’s important to seek help when you experience a traumatic event in your life, “You can come through the other side.” She said.
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