Film discussion: Thin
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that occurs when an individual is unrealistically concerned about being overweight or feels an overwhelming need to be so thin that in either case an individual eats so little that they become malnourished. While Bulimia is where an individual binges and purges. They may eat a lot of food at once and then try to get rid of the food by vomiting, using laxatives or sometimes over-exercising. Both of which are diseases linked to physical and psychological disorders. The HBO documentary, “Thin,” takes place at a Renfrew Treatment Center and goes into the lives of four women with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Through the challenges of weigh-ins, counseling sessions and balanced meals, the women display the severity of and recovery from this deadly disease.
The treatment plans at Renfrew involved individual, group and family psychotherapy, medical care and monitoring, nutritional counseling and medications. Treating anorexia nervosa at the Renfrew Center, involved restoring the person to a healthy weight, treating the psychological issues related to the eating disorder and eliminating behaviors or thoughts that lead to insufficient eating and preventing relapse. The facility also had weekly room searches, cafeteria food monitoring and had group sessions that involved an “integrity stick.” All of which, were the most effective forms of treatment because it had weekly health checks, close observation, a strict sense of structure and open door policy which allowed the women to come out and be open with themselves, other patients and staff members to ensure progress. As the documentary unravels, it introduces more in depth of each of the women’s lives and their struggles with eating disorders. Out of the four women, Alisa Williams was the most moving to me throughout the documentary because of her hopeful, encouraging attitude and was very articulate. Alisa was a 30 year old...
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