Shadows and Lies
The Unseen Battle of Eating Disorders
By Karen Pascal
"I think the biggest misconception about eating disorders is that itís about food. It has nothing to do with food; itís whatís going on inside." Ė Janet
"I felt really bad about myself and I got really depressed, and Iíd eat, but then there would be all this shame about eating, so then the depression would just get worse. It was just a cycle you couldnít get out of." Ė Jennifer
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia have claimed many lives, as well as headlines, in the past two decades. About five percent of urban teenage girls are affected by eating disorders. Another twenty percent dabble in unsafe weight control practices. Dieting activity can start as early as fourth grade, with some girls as young as nine having serious problems. The emotional and psychological impacts of eating disorders are felt not only by these young women themselves, but by their families and loved ones as well.
This powerful and honest documentary profiles four women who are working themselves free from the deadly grip of eating disorders, and from the overwhelming physical and psychological complications associated with these deadly diseases.
Produced in association with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and Vision TV.
Purchase $149 VHS
Order No. QA-309
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-309-8
"Recommended for academic, health sciences, high school and public libraries." MC Journal
"This eye-opening program is a good school and public library resource." Booklist
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