Netflix's new drama To The Bone accused of glamorizing anorexia

A new Netflix drama about a girl suffering from anorexia nervosa has sparked fears after teenage girls have been taking to social media hailing the character’s figure as “thinspiration”.

Netflix's new drama To The Bone accused of glamorizing anorexia

The term, thinspiration/thinspo is used in reference to something or someone that serves as motivation for a person seeking to maintain a very low body weight.

It is also the main topic of conversation within the world of pro anorexia blogs.

To The Bone, which will be released July 14, stars Lily Collins as Ellen, a 20-year-old girl who has anorexia nervosa.

Ellen has spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time.

Determined to find a solution, her family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor, played by Keanu Reeves.

Marti Noxon, the producer of a new Netflix film about anorexia says she told the story as responsibly as she could.

"Having struggled with anorexia and bulimia well into my 20s, I know first-hand the struggle, isolation and shame a person feels when they are in the grips of this illness," she said.

"In an effort to tell this story as responsibly as we could, we spoke with other survivors and worked with Project Heal throughout production in the hopes of being truthful in a way that wasn't exploitive.

"That said, it’s important to remember that each person’s battle with Eds (eating disorders) is unique and To The Bone is just one of the millions of ED stories that could be told in the US at this very moment. My goal with the film was not to glamorize EDs, but to serve as a conversation starter about an issue that is too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions.

"I hope that by casting a little light into the darkness of this disease we can achieve greater understanding and guide people to help if they need it."

One support group for people with eating disorders says the overall message of 'To The Bone' is good.

However, Harriet Parsons from Bodywhys says she has some concerns:

The drama comes fresh from Netflix being accused of glamorizing teen suicide in their series, 13 Reasons Why.

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