13 Responsible Movies About Anorexia and Bulimia
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13 Responsible Movies About Anorexia and Bulimia

Eating Disorders

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.

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To the Bone (2017)

Ellen is a 20 year old woman struggling with anorexia nervosa. In the midst of family problems and her own fears, she is accepted into a group home run by an unusual doctor. Through the people she meets and the journey she takes, Ellen follows a path of self discovery and acceptance that will lead her to a surprising place she never would have thought possible



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Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988)

Karen and Richard Carpenter are young musicians living with their parents in Downey, California. Richard shows great promise as a songwriter and Karen, who plays drums, begins to sing vocals, thrusting the duo into stardom. They become wildly successful, Karen's striking voice and Richard's soft melodies capturing the essence of the nation's yearning for calm after the turbulent Sixties. But Karen strives for perfection and becomes increasingly f...



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Don’t Forget Me (2017)

Tom, who suffers from an eating disorder and is recovered in a clinic, has gotten her menstrual cycle back. When the doctor tells her it’s a good sign because it means her condition is improving, she panics: the idea of gaining back the kilos she lost scares her to death. It seems like a day to forget but when she meets Neil, a trombone player with socialization problems, everything changes: the two feel a strong connection that is sealed by thei...



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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Unable to cope with reality and the difficulty that comes with it, 18 year old Susanna, is admitted to a mental institution in order to overcome her disorder. However, she has trouble understanding her disorder and therefore finds it difficult to tame, especially when she meets the suggestive and unpredictable Lisa.



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Heathers (1989)

A regular girl, Veronica, tries to survive the social jungle of high school by sticking with the three most popular girls at school who are all called Heather. As she meets a sociopath named JD, her life spirals into a continuous cycle of hate, unintentional murder and indifference, as she exacts revenge on her enemies, also known as her best friends.



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First Love (2004)

Vittorio is looking for a woman who matches his ideal. Through a classified ad he meets Sonia, a sweet, pleasant, intelligent girl. However, she weighs 125 pounds -- which according to Vittorio is way too much. A goldsmith by trade, Vittorio is obsessed with the desire to shape Sonia's body and mind as does a fire with gold. Almost imperceptibly Sonia becomes a passive participant and the relationship grows into a reciprocal masochistic game. Whe...



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Malos hábitos (2007)

The first feature film from director Simon Bross, the drama Bad Habits shows how a person's approach to food greatly affects one's life. Jimena Ayala plays a nun named Matilde who believes that eating next to nothing will help God stop the suffering of others. She trains pudgy, young Linda (Elisa Vicedo) for her first communion. Linda's mother is an emaciated exercise addict who frets over her daughter's shape. Linda's father, Gustavo, is a liber...



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My Skinny Sister (2015)

Just as Stella enters the exciting world of adolescence she discovers that her big sister and role model Katja is hiding an eating disorder. The disease slowly tears the family apart. A story about jealousy, love and betrayal told with warmth, depth and laughter - on and off the ice.



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Hungry Hearts (2014)

The relationship of a couple who meet by chance in New York City is put to the test when they encounter a life or death circumstance.



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Sharing the Secret (2000)

A teenage girl who feels she must always seem happy for her parents and friends secretly binges and purges.



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Starving in Suburbia (2014)

When seventeen year old Hannah stumbles upon a website about Thinspiration- an online community devoted to anorexia as a life choice - she becomes an obsessive follower of the site founder, ButterflyAna. By the time Hannah's family realizes what is happening and get Hannah the help she needs, the disease has fully taken hold and Hannah is refusing to eat. Will this family be able to exorcise the demon of anorexia from their lives, or is it too la...



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Maledimiele (2012)

Sara, 14, is the only daughter of well-off parents. She is often alone at home as her parents are kept very busy with their jobs. Sara is obsessed by her weight and is prepared to do anything to become thinner. She uses all kinds of strategies to avoid eating and when she becomes bulimic she swallows all she finds within her reach and makes herself vomit afterwards. The troubled teenager draws into herself more and more and gradually finds hersel...



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Abzurdah (2015)

Based on the autobiographical novel by Cielo Latini, the film tells the story of a teenager who falls in love and starts dating an older man whom she met on the Internet. Submerged in a shallow world, without any friends and with adults who can barely understand the adolescence, the relationship becomes an obsession for her, a loquacious, incisive and dizzying narrator who guides us through a story of unrequited love where the option of starving ...



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