Portrayals of Eating Disorders in the Media: To the Bone

I’d like to talk to you about To the Bone, a movie which was released on Netflix this July. To the Bone deals with eating disorders (“EDs”) and has caused quite a stir across social media ever since its trailer was released. Though I won’t go into much detail in this article, note that there will be a few spoilers ahead. You should also note that To the Bone contains potential triggers — as do the heated responses to it on the social media. So check in with yourself regularly, as I ended up needing to do, if you decide to watch the film and participate in those debates afterwards. To the Bone stars Hollywood actress Lily Collins. Collins, herself having struggled with an ED in her teens, plays Ellen, a 20-year-old woman with anorexia. After not making progress with yet another inpatient program, Ellen comes home once again to her stepmother Susan (Carrie Preston) and younger sister Kelly (Liana Liberato). Of Ellen’s original family, we also see her biological mother, Judy (Lili Taylor) later during a family meeting in an inpatient setting, but not her father, who remains mysteriously busy and absent. The drama starts to unfold after Ellen is encouraged to go see Dr. Beckham, a controversial specialist played by Keanu Reeves — yes, you read that right, Keanu Reeves! She eventually joins Dr. Beckham’s residential treatment program, meeting and forming relationships with some of the other patients there, in particular with a young ...
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