A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the physical and mental impact of eating disorders on a person's life in the context of helping sufferers accept help and heal.
Positive Role Models
Gold is open about her personal battles with eating disorders, and uses her experience to help encourage and support people struggling with recovery. Other experts discuss ways to help sufferers heal.
Violence & Scariness
It's not violent, but disturbing behaviors like purging, are shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains non-sexual images of near-naked bodies (no private parts are visible), which are often emaciated. People often pull up their shirts or are seen in hospital gowns examining themselves or being examined. These images are offered within the context of highlighting the impact of eating disorders.
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Occasional "hell" or "damn" is audible.
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Products & Purchases
Apple computers and Southwest Airline planes are visible, but their logos are not shown. Medical centers like Rebecca's House Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Los Angeles and RainRock Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Eugene, Oregon, are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some folks with eating disorders smoke rather than eat.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series deals with eating disorders in explicit detail. While it offers a lot of constructive information on how to identify and address eating disorders, it also contains disturbing images of people's struggles with the disease, including scenes of purging, over-exercising, and images of starved bodies. Occasionally smoking is visible. It's strong material for younger viewers, and parents will likely want to watch with their teens as a way of encouraging discussions about body image issues and other related themes, as well as help teens process the emotional anguish expressed by sufferers.
Is It Any Good?
The series takes a troubling look at how eating disorders, which affect approximately 25 million Americans from every walk of life, manifest themselves in different ways. It highlights the various triggers that can lead to life-threatening behaviors like consistent fasting, over-exercising, and binging. It also underscores how difficult the process of recovery is, and how insurance companies can fail patients who desperately need help and/or relapse.
It has lots of voyeuristically uncomfortable moments, especially when sufferers of the disease begin to purge or openly resist treatment as a way of coping with their pain. But it is also designed to take a quick, supportive look at these experiences so that viewers unfamiliar with eating disorders can learn something from them. Others may find themselves thinking about their own relationship with food, exercise, and their bodies.
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