She struggled with anorexia and bulimia at age 13.
She attended the prestigious Katharine Branson School, and her disorders worsened. Edie also discovered that her oldest brother Minty, who was an alcoholic by age 15, had been institutionalized. Teachers discovered her anorexia and bulimia, and she returned home. The experience was traumatic; she was heavily medicated and put on bed-rest.