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Tuesday, August 28

Covergirl, Robin Miller

Robin Miller is on the cover of the September issue of Guideposts magazine. In it, she discusses what triggered her passion to understand the relationships people have with food.

Ms. Miller has taken some heat on this blog, mainly by commenters accusing her of being too skinny-- anorexic even. My lackluster opinion of her isn't based on that aspect, but on the fact that I don't find her show particularly engaging.

Still, I was very surprised to read about the tragedy that happened in her past and her subsequent desire to study nutrition.

While a teenager, she witnessed her idolized older sister’s plunge into anorexia – a dive that proved fatal. After her sister Stacy’s death, Robin made a life-changing decision. She’d drop whatever other plans she had and, when it was her turn to go off to college, she’d study nutrition. She tells Guideposts readers how making that decision began her dedication to finding a way to help other young women from becoming anorexic and helping others, like herself, from losing their sisters. Now, with her career writing cookbooks and appearing on television, Robin is determined to demonstrate to people how to make the smart changes for themselves and their families to develop healthy relationships with food.

Wow. Quite brave of Robin to come out and talk about this, let alone deal with being called anorexic, herself. I only wish I had known about this sooner. I would have payed more attention to her show from the beginning.

In fact, I think that's a legitimate spin for a show: good nutrition isn't just healthy... it can save your life.

Take heed to that, Ellie K. ;-)

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At 8/29/2007 7:27 PM , Anonymous Becstasyshock said...

That's sad. :( Robin must think if only she could make food taste good enough then people wouldn't refuse to eat it. She probably feels responsible and guilty over what happened to her sister even though it's really not her fault. Poor Robin...

At 8/31/2007 11:45 AM , Anonymous Jeff said...

Anorexia isn't as much a genetic disorder as it is one created, somewhat inadvertently, by the mass media. People like Paris Hilton and Victoria Beckham are presented to the viewers as if they are the measure by which all other women should be considered.
That's just wrong. I think it's noble and appropriate that Ms. Miller has seen fit to educate readers and TFN fans on proper diet.

At 9/01/2007 8:40 PM , Anonymous joanieb said...

So few posts on this topic show that people prefer to be snarky when they comment and there is nothing snarky to say here on Robin! She is obviously the real deal.

At 9/03/2007 9:33 PM , Anonymous Gen said...

I think I am entitled to my opinion. I think Robin Miller looks anorexic. She is extremely thin. Her hair is wispy and thin which is a sign of anorexia. Just because one is familiar with the dangers of anorexia and is a nutritionist doesn't mean they aren't anorexic. My sis-in-law has a masters degree in adolescent psych with a specialization in eating disorders and she has battled anorexia off and on all her adult life. Just because Robin Miller surrounds herself with good food and knows how to be healthy doesn't mean she is.

At 9/04/2007 7:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

She looks disturbingly anorexic. And those eyes! Too intense. Something about her makes me uncomfortable. Anorexics frequently come from families that are rigid and controlling. She seems too tightly wound for me to enjoy her program.

At 9/11/2007 4:07 PM , Anonymous Barbara M. said...

Having a sister that is anoexic makes me more aware of certain tell-tale signs. The super intense calims "Boy I could eat the whole platter, etc. to always saying she uses low fat products but we don't have to makes me suspect. And the ratty hair? They don't have a stylist at the FoodNetwork? Somethin' smells people. I agree with the other commentor "Surounding yourself with food...". Isn't that typical of an eating disorder? Food is a mighty heady drug to these folks. Her Mom was on her show and she looked very uncomfortable. I hope she seeks help.

At 2/04/2008 11:12 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

Is it just me or does Robin have really creepy eyes. They freak me out on her show and they look weird on this magazine cover.

At 2/25/2008 8:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robin Miller is not looking healthy. no glow, no bouncy hair. She looks totally anorexic to me. She is too thin; she needs to eat what she is making first.

At 5/25/2008 11:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Robin Miller is suffering from anorexia. With her sister's history it becomes even more apparent. Genetics will also play a role.
I agree with many of the writers here that her physical appearance show her boy degrading. Her hair is also a sure tell sign.
As she is still on Food Tv Network, we no longer watch her show. It is not only sad seeing her waist away, but to know that the TV Network is allowing the viewing of this slow death. I can not allow my daughter to view and see this as "normal."
Why doesn't the Food TV network step back and insist she get help rather than profit on her slow death.

At 6/20/2008 3:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

She really bugs me with those big poppy eyes and those enormous TEETH but especially the way she says "chicken" she talks like a BABY! watch your own video tapes Robin and learn from them! I used to like your show but lately you've been giving me hives with this way of baby talking..we are ADULTS watching your show NOT your children ..you are not showing your children how to cook 'CHIIICKEN' you are showing ADULTS!!!!!!! stop baby talking. There is a way to talk pleasantly and friendly without sounding like an idiot baby talker! LEARN FROM THIS!

At 6/26/2008 3:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am working on recovering from anorexia and I watch the food network to help ease eating my lunch. (Seeing other people have no problem with adding ingredients and cooking without worrying about calories really helps.) However, her show was on and I found it very disturbing that I could see her collar bones and the bones below sticking out!

At 7/17/2008 1:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

you all sound so "snarky" (good word) .....good god she's healthy!! Just cuz she's not 50 lbs overweight and scarfing down fat laden food we think she's anorexic. Give it up!

I just discovered her show and happen to love it. Have already made several of her meals to rave reviews!

At 9/24/2008 12:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not one to judge but I'm watching her show right now and she just looks way too skinny! She looks so different from when she started. It's sad. She has layers of clothes on her which make it look worse because it just hangs off her. I hope she's okay. I just had to search on her because it was really alarming. Thanks for your post!

At 10/23/2008 8:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No she isn't 50 lbs. overweight & eating butter dipped bacon. But when I watch her show & I see more bones & veins on her hands,arms, neck & chest than I've ever seen on a starving person in some other desolate country....there is a big problem !
I wish Food Network would bring back their forum because the opinions of their viewers should be made known & addressed for the success of the network.
A person can be "thin" & healthy without looking like a walking skeleton with skin. I would consider Giada "thin" but she looks nourished...from the inside...out.
Maybe Robin needs to try out for a runway model job...she'd fit right in. We could all see her on Project Runway.

At 8/21/2009 4:39 PM , Blogger Margaret said...

I like Robin' show and I like her personality. She is engaging and conveys a passion for her food. She has smart practical planning skills for the home family cook. I recently bought her book as a bridal shower gift for my daughter, who by the way has suffered from anorexia since her teen years. The disease is terrifying for the family members, and excruciating for the patient. Whether Robin is anorexic is for her and her doctor to know. I have thought that she looks skinny, but also healthy. She can't take losing any weight, that's for sure, and gaining a few pounds would look good on her. I hope to see more of her show, and I wish her good health.

At 1/12/2010 2:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always been a fan of Robin's show and, I did take notice when her appearance changed. However, she is still an excellent cook with delicious food ideas. If she is struggling with an eating disorder I wish her nothing but health and happiness...certainly NOT to be found here where foodnetwork fans bash her appearance. Shame on all of you for passing such harsh judgement!!! If you don't like what you see, don't watch it!

At 4/30/2010 1:07 PM , Blogger Riccy said...

I watched Robin's show for the first time in months, yesterday, and was struck by how thin she has become. I put "Is Robin Miller anorexic?" in my search engine, and that is how I found this forum. I'm not surprised by all the comments here of people who are concerned that she is. I will pray for her. I know her parents must be beside themselves with worry, especially after losing one daughter to anorexia already.

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At 6/25/2010 3:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always liked her calm demeanor and the way she could mult-task and get 3 meals out of one. It has been painful to see her lately and such a dramatic change from her wholesome "girl next door" look. I hope Food Network and her family will take a serious look at her and encourage to get well. It is too sad to watch any more. Pat

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