I am thankful that this documentary highlights a problem that is often ignored - this is a struggle that needs to be brought into the light. It needs to be talked about, and many women need help overcoming disordered eating.
But as a person who is currently on the road to recovery from an eating disorder, I found this documentary to be disturbing and largely without hope.
But there IS hope, and people can be healed and find FREEDOM from the brokenness behind eating disorders. I so much want people who watch this film to hear this message (but it's not the message the film gives).
If you're someone who has (or suspects you have) an eating disorder, then I would certainly recommend that you give "Thin" a serious view.
This documentary certainly does open one's eye to how really critical this problem is in the USA, alone. It's estimated that eating disorders affect millions (especially teen-aged girls) all across the American nation, and beyond.
The one thing that I found to be on the somewhat ironic side of "Thin" was that a number of the employees (both men and women) who worked at the Renfrew Center (where a good portion of this documentary was filmed) were, indeed, grossly overweight. This, in turn, showed yet another form of eating disorder and greatly contrasted the super-thin look of the patients who were in residence there.
All-in-all - I found a good part of this documentary to be on the depressing side, and so, in the long run, I wasn't able to fully appreciate the grave message that it was trying to deliver.
In the USA, today, it is estimated that there are close to five million adults (most of them young and most of them females) who are dealing, in one way or another, with a serious eating disorder, particularly that of anorexia. It is also noted that (due to this illness) many have literally starved themselves to death.
If you happen to be a hearty eater and have no problem about putting on a few extra pounds, then you may find it somewhat difficult to relate to the eating disorders that plague these women (whose ages ranged from 15 to 30) in this documentary. But, all the same, these eating disorders are very real and clearly pose a threat to the health (both physical and mental) of many, many people, the world over.
Personally, I found "Thin" to be such a depressing experience as I watched these women face their eating disorders on a day-to-day basis that, before long, I began to feel somewhat uncomfortable about being witness to their distress, their frustrations and their tears.
Please, don't get me wrong here - I don't, in any way, belittle or undermine the grave seriousness of eating disorders, but (being an outsider to this dysfunctional behaviour), in the end, I could only rank this documentary with an "average", 2.5-star rating.
An insight into a world most of us will never know: a recovery centre for those with eating disorders. I was shocked at the number of drugs used to support their habbitsand their difficulty in eating food period.
Very interesting program - I could have done without the footage of two of the patients vomiting into the toilet though.
This documentary is a bit 'thin'.
Interesting look into the lives of eating disorder patients. Also a slight commentary of the poor state of American health care. Worth a watch if social ills interest you.
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