Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating and purging, as well as excessive evaluation of one’s self-worth in terms of body weight or shape. Anorexia nervosa is also an eating disorder characterized by extreme food restriction and excessive weight loss, accompanied by the fear of being fat.
Biological, sociological and cultural factors play an important role on those psychological disorders. Especially, societies which idealize thinness are contributing to this problem. The rate of those disorders appear higher in developed countries and higher income groups (Kathleen Pike, Hans Hoek, Patricia Dunne, Cultural trends and eating disorders).
Occupations of people can sometimes play a role in the development of these diseases. For instance, it is known that 12% of dancers are affected by eating disorders (Arcelus J, Witcomb GL, Mitchell A, “Prevalence of eating disorders amongst dancers: a systemic review and meta-analysis”)
We are aware the socially constructed concept of beauty. We also know how the media and entertainment industry contributed to the seriousness of this situation.
This was a sad day 10 years ago. I didn’t want to go to the event because I was convinced that I was “too fat” and that I would be publicly fat shamed the next day. I was so weak, I only managed to stay for 10 mins. Eating disorders/dysmorphia are so wild. I missed my teens/20s. ~ Jameela Jamil
The Movies About Anorexia and Bulimia
Those complications are not necessarily the main topic of the movie list. However, the films in the list are mostly depicted the lives of people who suffer from anorexia or bulimia. Here are the eating disorder movies that told the story of anorexic people.