- Since the age of ten Lauren was obsessed with food. When she became a teenager, conscious of her weight but unable to manage her eating, her life became a cycle of gorging herself and then forcing herself to vomit. Her distraught parents finally did the only thing they could - they had her admitted to a hospital. Lauren was angry that they had done this to her; she was angry at her friends who couldn't believe that she was doing this to herself while, at the same time, constantly complaining about their own weight. She refused to admit her problem.