After Melissa Avrin lost her life to an eating disorder, her mother decided to create a film that she hopes will help families and individuals recognize the signs of eating disorders and understand how to seek help.
This documentary from NOVA explores the increase in the prevalence of eating disorders, particularly anorexia and bulimia. The film follows students, ballet dancers, fashion models, and other young women who are seeking recovery or who have overcome their eating disorder.
Produced by HBO, this documentary explores the lives of four young women at the Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of eating disorders. These women have spent their lives starving themselves, to the point of life and death.
In 1987, obese, illiterate, black 16-year-old Claireece 'Precious' Jones lives in Harlem with her dysfunctional family. She her issues with body image are tied up with experiences of abuse, poverty, and racism.
A committed dancer starves herself to earn and maintain the role of prima ballerina in Swan Lake.
Skins (UK) - Cassie (pictured above) struggles with an eating disorder, treatment, and recovery
To the Bone - Ellen (pictured above) struggles with Anorexia nervosa
Please note that these films do not necessarily portray the experience of any or all individuals who have an eating disorder. This material may be triggering to those who have had or have an eating disorder.