A 14-year-old looks at her image and says, "I see somebody that is fat and ugly and a disappointment." She is like a growing number of young American girls afflicted with such eating disorders as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Tormented by an irrational fear of being fat, an estimated eight million young women are torturing themselves--sometimes to death.
It’s no wonder eighty percent of women are dissatisfied with their bodies. Driven by the waif-like images flooding the media of popular actresses, models, dancers and celebrities--who can weigh nearly twenty-five percent less than the average American woman--young girls are obsessed with an unattainable image of perfection.
Dying To Be Thin introduces you to students, ballet dancers, fashion models and other young women who are seeking recovery or have conquered their disease. Plus, you’ll discover how leading eating disorder specialists are making dramatic advances in the diagnosis and treatment of these two devastating diseases. Go behind the scenes with NOVA for a courageous and candid look at America’s body obsession.
TEACHERS! (& Dancers & Parents) this is a must see movie! I would actually give this Nova documentary a 4 star rating but it has a 5 star content value. As teachers we train our young charges physical techniques so that their bodies will be strong, supple, aligned and able to last for decades in this demanding art form. We are equally responsible for teaching our students healthy techniques for eating nutritionally and dieting sanely. After watching this DVD, vow to never pinch a student's back and ask them, "Have you been eating too much dairy?"