Ruby Gettinger and Oprah
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The last time she sat on Oprah's stage, Ruby says she had a weight loss breakthrough when Oprah asked her what she was really hungry for. "That haunted me for a long time," Ruby says. "I'm finding out that this is more than just exercise and working out. You're feeding pain, and that's what I've been feeding."

Ruby can't remember anything about her life before age 13, which she's realized caused her to overeat. "I'm working with a new therapist who's helping me cope with a lot of pain or trying to find my childhood," she says. "I'm finding out I'm a girl that felt a lot of pain and I had no idea. And I suppressed it and suppressed it. And the only medication you can get to as a child is food."

To help fill the gaps in her memory, Ruby hired a private detective to find "Dr. Dukes," a doctor's assistant who treated Ruby and her mother more than 20 years ago. Dr. Dukes, tells Ruby he saw her about once a week. He says he also had the impression her mother was trying to protect Ruby from experiencing some kind of trauma she herself experienced as a child. "He thinks that she fed me to keep me unattractive to men," she says.

FROM: Stars of Reality TV: Fantasia's Comeback and Ruby's Revelations
Published on February 03, 2010

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