Parents' Guide to

What's Eating You

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gritty, up-close docu about overcoming eating disorders.

TV E! Reality TV 2010
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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+
This show brings to the surface deadly disorders that America is afraid to address. I applaud the media for tackling these eating disorders especially on a very popular network. It is also great at showing us how someone got an eating disorder. How it comes from some sort of hurt with the persons interpersonal life especially occurring at a young age. This show may be uncomfortable for a parent to watch if they have an eating disorder and doesn't want to tell their spouse or significant other or is still hiding it from their child. So, make sure if you watch this show with your 16 year old that you are comfortable talking to them about this subject. From experience the people in the show are very accurately depicted with their struggles.

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Great messages
age 3+
its allrite

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Too much swearing
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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The series offers viewers a gritty look into the worlds of people trapped by their dysfunctional relationship with food and eating. It also offers a chance to learn more about eating disorders and who develops them. The experts on the show underscore the fact that an eating disorder is a symptom of a larger problem, and that a person cannot be successful in treating it if they are not willing to confront the problem.

The series is a little voyeuristic, and scenes of people taking large amounts of laxatives, struggling to swallow small bits of food, and compulsively eating things like chalk and toilet paper, are often difficult to watch. But they are offered as a way of providing insight into what these people are going through, and are accompanied by important messages about recovery. Given all of this, viewers may be left wondering why this reality-doc is being aired on a network known for promoting idealized celebrity images that some would say contribute to the distorted way some people feel about their bodies.

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