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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Wgbh Boston
  • VHS Release Date: March 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059HIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A 14-year-old looks at her image and says, "I see somebody that is fat and ugly and a disappointment." She is like a growing number of young American girls afflicted with such eating disorders as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Tormented by an irrational fear of being fat, an estimated eight million young women are torturing themselves—sometimes to death.

It’s no wonder eighty percent of women are dissatisfied with their bodies. Driven by the waif-like images flooding the media of popular actresses, models, dancers and celebrities—who can weigh nearly twenty-five percent less than the average American woman—young girls are obsessed with an unattainable image of perfection.

Dying To Be Thin introduces you to students, ballet dancers, fashion models and other young women who are seeking recovery or have conquered their disease. Plus, you’ll discover how leading eating disorder specialists are making dramatic advances in the diagnosis and treatment of these two devastating diseases. Go behind the scenes with NOVA for a courageous and candid look at America’s body obsession.

Customer Reviews

I now have a better understanding.
botti fan
It is very powerful and really gets the message across to students about the problems with eating disorders in our country.
Dr. Larry
It focuses on anorexia and bulimia as well as treatments for both.
Melissa

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Elaina on April 7, 2007
Format: DVD
As a former anorexic, and after watching Thin by Lauren Greenfield, I was pleasantly surprised by this documentary. While perhaps not as visually artistic and with subjects not as shockingly thin as Greenfield's, this piece is ultimately much more even and balanced. It gives a little bit of the history of anorexia and hulimia, briefly discusses the biology of people prone to eating disorders, touches on the trigger points that lead to eating disorders (familial and cultural), shows treatment options and portraits of women who've recovered or are recovering (though not all in this order).

Unlike Greenfield's work, it does not show the drawbacks to treatment facilities (bad influences, competition, learning tricks from fellow patients) nor does it show the difficulty of recovery. It does, however, depict many of the underlying reasons why people develop eating disorders and some of the consequences of eating disorders. By far, the highlight of Dying to Be Thin was the interview with plus-size model (and former anorexic) Kate Dillon--who was, herself, one of my inspirations for recovery. Back in the late nineties, Kate helped me realize that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, but we Westerners try to package beauty in a one-size-fits-all mold, which just isn't real or realistic. In a previous article, Kate said, "We all have different bodies, so why are we trying to make them all look the same." Go Kate!

If you want to watch Thin, definitely watch Dying to Be Thin with it. For more information on what it's like to be trapped in the hell of an eating disorder, read Lauren Greenfield's companion book to the DVD, also titled Thin. And for information on what causes eating disorders and how people deal with life after them, read Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on July 8, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I was so impressed with Dying to be Thin. I am a graduate student and I used this video while presenting on disordered eating in adolescence. My classmates and professor seemed very receptive to the video. This would be a great video to show to girls ages 15 and up. It focuses on anorexia and bulimia as well as treatments for both.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By botti fan on January 21, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This video shows exactly what it's like to have an eating disorder. I now have a better understanding. I'm not a sufferer of anorexia or bulimia, but I do know that this shows what can happen if you are a sufferer and effective ways to treat the disorders. I watched this because psychology is my area of interest, but I would recommend this. It could be a very valuable teaching tool.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I had first watched it on the Internet when it first came out, but than saw it again in an eating disorder unit. I found it to be very straight forward. It speaks of the facts concerning eating disorders without any of the other garbage. It gave me a better persepective of what was down the road for me and what the eating disorder had already done.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. M WILINSKY VINE VOICE on January 22, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have been involved with the analysis of eating disorders for decades, as well as being involved with ballet and athletics, so I feel qualified to comment on this. I was quite surprised and disappointed when this dvd opened with a scathing reproach of all of ballet for promoting disease and destruction in young women. This distorted view is actually corrected later in the program, and the efforts of those in ballet to promote the best possible health of dancers are shown. In this competitive world people will sometimes go too far and make mistakes, but that is not the way it has to be. To be a successful dancer or athlete, excellent stength and health are required. A ballerina must have perfect muscle strength and tone and very strong bones, not just light weight(when lifting a ballerina you must not get the feeling that her ribs will crack! Do you really think ten pounds one way or the other make such a difference?). We also find some confusion here in what constitutes a psychiatric disorder and what is poor judgement. This is a very important distinction in eating problems. Anorexia nervosa is primarily characterized by a distortion of self image and not just by an effort to lose weight. We are shown the cases of a few women who just decided they were making some diet mistakes and decided not to remain excessively thin. One of these young ladies was said to have anorexia. Then why did she have a complete understanding of her body composition and decide on her own to fix it? Other more serious cases requiring psychiatric intervention are also presented. The program does discuss one important aspect that is not discussed elsewhere enough and that is eating disorders among men. Some conjecture is offered as to why it occurs less often among men than women.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ALL ABOUT ICE CREAM on February 25, 2010
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I purchased this movie to be shown in conjunction with an educational event on the topic of "eating disorders." The movie is a documentary and did a great job of explaining some of the societal causes of eating disorders and showed some treatment options. The movie was not overly graphic, nor was it ever boring. At just one hour in length, it was perfect for an educational event in conjunction with a speaker with expertise on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maegan on January 15, 2013
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I bought this having never seen it before. I thought the interviews with professionals treating individuals with eating disorders, and the interviews with the people with eating disorders were well done. I enjoyed the focus on recovery, treatment and consequences of eating disorders. This documentary does a good job of driving home the serious consequences of this illness. However I felt that it could have focused on how eating disorders are present around the world, not just in industrialized countries and America in particular. Also this documentary focused on ballerinas and teenage girls with anorexia nervosa, so I think it might have been interesting to interview individuals from other walks of life, particularly a males about their experiences. I did like that it brushed quickly on the history of eating disorders, but I think an entire documentary could be done on that subject alone. Finally while they discussed medical characteristics of eating disorders, and how they appear to run in familys they did not mention the studies that show a genetic predisposition may be passed down through families which can increase an individual's risk of developing an eating disorder.
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