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Jerry O'Connell Stops Nicknaming Twin Daughters After Seeing Anorexic-Twins Documentary

August 20, 2010 (5:58 am) GMT
The 'Stand by Me' actor realizes that calling his daughters with 'The Big One' and 'The Small One' could scar them for life after watching a documentary called 'Intervention'.
Jerry O'Connell

Actor had a parenting wake-up call while he was watching a documentary about anorexic twins because he realized his affectionate terms for his daughters could scar them for life. The former child star and his wife had become accustomed to referring to their twins as "The Big One" and "The Small One" - because one is larger than the other - but a shocking TV special made them rethink their nicknames.

The "Stand by Me" star explains, "I'd be like, 'Hey, Big One, get over here!' Then one night my wife and I were watching a show called 'Intervention' - it was about people who have addiction issues. It was about two twins and they're anorexic twins."

"It's like one was heavier than the other and then she got an eating disorder and they'd try and out-skinny each other. It was awful. I was like, 'Never again. I'll never do it again.' So now I'm like, 'You, the possibly a little bit, teeny bit bigger... ."

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