What did you think of To The Bone on Netflix?
I wrote this on my ED insta after seeing the preview. I haven’t watched the movie yet, I probably won’t watch it at all.
You want to be provocative with an eating disorder movie?
Show me binge purge cycles and water flushing. Show me blood in vomit and still not stopping. Show me someone waking up in a bed so soaked from night sweats they think they’ve wet themselves. Show me a man battling his skewed body image, pumping lasix to be just a little more “cut”, his kidneys be damned. show me someone who’s bowels stopped working from laxative abuse or who’s sodium is depleted from water abuse. Show me someone who never lost extreme weight, who gained weight, who is over weight but who’s heart is dying, show me men, the middle aged, LBGTQ, show me someone who’s anything but white… but for the love of god.. don’t give me another movie about a restrictive anorexic and tell me to be thankful ED’s are getting attention.
This is not the attention ED’s need.. we need to shine a light on the truth, and truth is, we don’t all look like manic pixies, we don’t all restrict (and restricting isn’t the only big ED behavior!), we aren’t all under weight and we don’t all fit in to a neat little box, easily labeled. The sooner we get rid of that expectation, the sooner people who don’t fit the mold can get the help they deserve.
What we needed was a movie that told a new story: an inclusive one. Maybe the side characters in Too The Bone will fill that void but when will we stop relegating the ugly truth to side characters?