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“Having a feeding tube is a status symbol, it shows you are a true anorexic.”
“My mom taught me this chew and spit game with candy, we really had fun doing this together.”
These are just a few of the shocking comments made by the women and young girls profiled in THIN, a must-see documentary by Lauren Greenfield.
This film is so raw, so real, that you need to psych yourself up to watch it. During the middle of the show, my husband paused the tape, looked to me and said “Do you have a totally nervous feeling watching this?” We both nodded yes, took a deep breath and kept watching.
The nervous feeling came from watching the reality of how far the girls had slipped away from reality about their bodies. Their demenor and state of mind was numbing, and so very, very sad.
THIN was criticized by NEDA for not showing a balanced view of recovery from eating disorders.
“We felt that her lens needed a wider, more balanced focus and should have also included stories of those responding to treatment successfully,” stated Lynn Grefe, CEO of NEDA. While we know that there are many challenges and setbacks along the road, with treatment most people do get well and there is hope.
This film was a documentary. The very meaning of a documentary is that its real. When Greenfield selected and asked permission to shoot these women’s stories, she didn’t exactly have the right to include a clause in their contract that they had to come out of treatment free of their ED demons. It was a roll of the dice, and the film showed the reality of what transpired during their treatment.
The film ends with an update on each of the women profiled in the documentary, all of whom were still struggling with their eating disorders, some relapsed, but all carry on.
Here is some information I dug up on the THIN blogs and forums
Brittany, (shown above) was the young girl that seemed to have the longest, uphill battle due to her mother’s own issues with eating disorders.
Polly, was the tough one, she sure kept the film interesting. I liked her spunk and ability to be herself. Her blog shows she is still going strong.
Shelley, as of November still struggling deeply with her disorder.
I don’t believe anyone ever completely recovers from an eating disorder, this powerful disease leaves scars so deep that become a part of you.
That is not to say your can’t recover and do something positive with the experience…..afterall, look at me.