Dr. Drew on Angelina Jolie: ‘I see malnutrition’

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  • Dr. Drew says he's worried about Angelina Jolie's gaunt frame
  • HLN's Kareen Wynter and actress Tracey Gold get in tense debate about eating disorders

Angelina Jolie’s over-the-top posing wasn’t the only the only thing that stood out at the Annual Academy Awards Sunday night.
 
According to the Academy, her frail physique ignited 3,399 tweets per minute.
 
“My eye tells me that she is dangerously malnourished,” HLN’s Dr. Drew told his viewers Monday night.  
 
Last November, Angelina spoke on CBS’ "60 Minutes” about her troublesome past.
 
“I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them,” she said. “I didn’t die young. So, I’m very lucky.”
 
In 2002, Jolie’s father, John Voight, begged the star to seek psychiatric care. He told Access Hollywood, "Once in New York, when I tried to get her help, she said, 'You can't help me. You can't help my pain’."
 
Dr. Drew responded, "Those are hints of severe psychiatric pathology -- enough to be life threatening."
 
He noted, "As you look at Angelina last night at the Oscars -- when you see that she has temporal muscle wasting -- [it is] a hallmark sign of malnutrition. I’m only sharing this because I don’t want to see another celebrity go down and sit by and see what happens.”
 
Actress Tracey Gold, who also joined Dr. Drew during the segment, said Jolie "did look alarmingly thin [at the Oscars],” but added, “I'm always careful about speculating too much on what’s going on with a celebrity.”
 
Kareen Wynter, a correspondent of HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, responded, “Call me crazy, but this is mind-boggling that we’re having this discussion. I’ve interviewed Angelina Jolie a couple times this year. I did not see anything out of the ordinary last night ... I think we’re blowing this out of proportion. This is not a woman who is malnourished.”
 
Wynter also revealed that she had an eating disorder that nearly ended her life while she was attending college.
 
“This is why I’m so passionate about this because people mislabel people all the time,” she explained. “I became bulimic because the people around me said, ‘You know what’? You’re too chubby.’ I starved myself and almost died.”
 
Dr. Drew interjected after a short, yet heated, exchange between Gold and Wynter.
 
“I don’t know if it’s from an eating disorder," he said. "I don’t know if it’s from depression. I don’t know if it’s because she’s making a statement for starving kids in Africa -- but I see malnutrition.”
 
Clinical psychologist Dr. Seth Meyers added, “There’s no question that she appears dangerously thin. I think we need to see her thinness in the context of her overall life ... I wouldn’t be surprised if a hospitalization was that far away for Angelina Jolie.”
 
Dr. Drew replied, “I hate to say this, but if that’s what she needs, I hope that happens and we’ll have that conversation if that happens."
 
Watch Dr. Drew weeknights on HLN at 9 p.m. ET and follow the show on @DrDrewHLN.

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