To The Bone is about a young 20 year old woman struggling with anorexia. Of course I was interested and intrigued and also quite terrified to watch this. Terrified because I didn't know if it would trigger or scare me, or if it would be the absolute worst representation of an eating disorder, or even worse... GLORIFY IT.
So, after watching it, what did I think?
Did it glorify eating disorders? No. I think it made them look scary and sick.
Is it triggering? That depends on the person. Some things may trigger you, while some things may not - it depends on your personal experience with an eating disorder. I was personally taken back by certain parts when it showed her sickly body because I remember looking and feeling that sick. If you find that it triggers you, it's okay to stop watching it, the ending sucks anyways.
Did it portray an ED accurately? Eating disorders are so complicated. Everyone experiences them differently. I do like how they showed the compulsive behaviours of calorie counting, doing sit-ups until she got bruises on her back, running/walking around the house to burn calories. I like how it showed that EDs are an addiction - they aren't about being skinny or not liking food.
I love that they showed a male character in treatment.
I like that they showed that the family doesn't truly understand it. And it can be so complicated and confusing for the family.
I liked all the different characters in treatment.
What didn't I like? I ended the movie confused. Where was THE WHY. It never got deep. It never got raw. I just ended. I wanted to know why she developed the ED. I wanted to know WHAT all lead up to this. Was it multiple things? I understand the family issues, but I wanted more. I needed more answers. This could leave someone watching it just assume that eating disorders happen, you get help and then it's over.
It never shows how hard it is to truly recover after. It never shows you hiding in your room because you don't want social interaction. You want to be alone with your ED.
I ended the movie confused and wanting more.
What really stuck with me was the obsessive behaviours and this is truly what fascinates me with eating disorders. But WHY do they happen? That is what I discuss and help YOU discover in my guide, Obsessed to Free.
I am glad this video started discussion, but I wanted more from it.