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Movies And Documentaries About Eating Disorders

Updated on March 8, 2011

Movies

The Truth About Nancy

This film follows the story of protagonist Nancy, played by actress Tracey Gould (herself in recovery from an eating disorder), after her graduation from high school. She heads off to college and, anxious about her future, begins to isolate herself. Her anxiety channels itself into obsession over food and weight. She starts to exercise compulsively and gradually eats less and less. Her parents fail to acknowledge the enormous changes in their daughter until Christmas, when her anorexia can be ignored no longer. Attempts to get her help are met with fierce resistance from Nancy herself until at last, her father decides to take her to court and win guardianship of Nancy so he can force her into treatment.

Perfect Body

This compelling story strives to portray the dangers of body obsession in the world of competitive gymnastics. The young gymnast Andie, played by Amy Jo Johnson of the sitcom "Felicity," starves herself almost to death in an attempt to make the Olympic gymnastics team. Andie's coach makes matters worse, with her motto "the lighter the better." But as Andie loses weight and stability, she sees her dreams retreating from her grasp. Two-time Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby stars as an assistant coach, as well as serving as technical advisor and choreographing the gymnastic routines. .

Documentaries

Thin

The HBO Documentary film Thin follows four women from ages 15 to 30 years old as they undergo treatment at Renfrew Center, a residential treatment facility specializing exclusively in eating disorder recovery. Their perpetual personal battles between recovery and relapse are heart-wrenching, the relationships formed between them intense and complex. Director Lauren Greenfield manages to look beyond the emaciation of the patients and the restrictively scheduled program into the "meat" of the matter. What causes eating disorders? Is recovery possible? What does it look like? And how can we stem the growing numbers of young anorexics and bulimics?

Dying to Be Thin

This NOVA documentary introduces us to eating disordered individuals from all walks of life: dancers, gymnasts, students, sisters, daughters, friends. Examining the causes behind, as well as the experience of, anorexics and bulimics today, this program also goes behind the scenes in the research labs and medical facilities where possible treatments for these debilitating illnesses are being studied.

Perfect Illusions

Narrated by Lauren Hutton, this documentary follows the experiences of four families whose lives have been irrevocably altered by eating disorders. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders are presented side-by-side with the real-life stories of those who suffer.

Along with in-depth interviews with bulmics 16-year-old Suni and 20-year-old Annie, the film features 26-year-old Marya Hornbacher, author of the groundbreaking memoir "Wasted," the chronicle of a 15-year battle with anorexia and bulimia.

The girls' families also speak out about the emotional and financial toll their loved ones' eating disorders exact, as well as the strength they found, and still find, to make it through the ongoing recovery process.

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      Sharma 4 years ago

      Hi there! I had never heard of your story until recently. I am from the same howetomn as Bubba, who is playing Jason in the movie. I am also a special education major and have suffered from depression for over ten years. It is a daily struggle. Thankfully, I am surrounded with wonderful friends and family. I am really excited for this movie and hope that it brings a lot of attention (and donations) to your organization!

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      Barbara 4 years ago

      Thanks for a very good summary. There is so much cocttadinrory information out there, and people are inclined to think they have to focus on this year's one big thing' and forget the rest. It seems to me that if people simply take part in discussions and just be part of the web and participate in the places that suit their personalities they will not only build up links back to their sites but it will be more natural, less likely to crash and burn with the next algorithm change, and they will enjoy themselves, instead of trying to outsmart everyone else and second-guess the search engines.Tony recently posted..

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      May 4 years ago

      I commend you on your film . My fmaily is going through a battle right now over the last year with something going wrong with my son. It's such a hard time , we trust in God for his strength. He takes his meds and gets mad at us for he doesn't think there is anything wrong. Then he stops when he gets better. More info is needed to convince him it's ok to take his meds. I am in the motion picture world and can help if you need some with your project. Good luck and God Bless

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      Kristy 6 years ago

      I have recently started suffering from anorexia

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      Stephanie 6 years ago

      If you are interested in eating disorders (over and under eating) a great show, which aired in the UK, is Supersize vs Superskinny. You can also watch episodes on youtube.

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      Shanid 7 years ago

      I love you ......

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      jill 7 years ago

      the most inspirational films i have seen are

      the perfect body

      dying to dance

      sharing the secret

      secrets between friends

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      silatiger 7 years ago from Louisville, KY

      You write with passion and knowledge. . . . . thank you for sharing!

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      Christina 7 years ago

      i have some issues with food to. Its good to know there are others with the same issues.

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      Superwomen22 8 years ago

      I have been sufering from one at age 16 now as a 28 year old I try to help. my daughter will hopefully be healty

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      Kristina 9 years ago

      HBO: Thin can be seen on Youtube.

      I'm A Child Anorexic is also a WONDERFUL documentary. Watch it!:) ( on youtube)

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      michelle 9 years ago

      this movies looks really interesting !

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      granite_butterfly 9 years ago

      You cover the eating disorder topics brilliantly and beautifully. There is a wealth to be gained from your work.

      Thank you.

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      Lady Jay 10 years ago

      girl you speak the truth. tyt piece you put out over there i enjoyed reding it... could you maybe do one of the sympoms of this epidemic... iv got a friend who is in the this boat and is sailing right into the title wave of things, please maybe than i can show her the sight and she can read and meet reality coz she always fronting telling me i don't know what i be taking bout. peace out your African fan from Africa L.J.D