Eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, afflict people of all ages and race, especially young women, and are serious medical conditions that can be deadly if left untreated. Join Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and host Larkin McPhee (Dying to Be Thin) as she uncovers the challenges of coping with an eating disorder. Meet some experts and people in recovery who offer an honest appraisal of their struggles to overcome their eating disorders.
Topics and themes discussed include:
• Who is at risk?
• What sustains an eating disorder?
• Why are eating disorders dangerous?
• How are eating disorders treated?
Run time: 27 minutes
Audience: Grade 7 - Adult
"This video provides a timely introduction to these potentially life-threatening eating disorders. Experts provide authoritative medical and psychological information interspersed with personal experiences from young people in recovery. Sections cover the risk factors, potential triggers, and health dangers of eating disorders. Summaries of each section reinforce concepts, and reliable websites mentioned offer viewers resources for additional help and information. The DVD is appropriate for a variety of audiences including middle and high school students, teachers, and parents. Worksheets are available online. With its offering of both expert information and personal experience, This video is a useful addition for both school and public libraries."
--Virginia Stone, Assistant Librarian, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, Virginia – Library Media Connection December 2012
"Combining individual stories of eating disorders with statistics shared by experts, this guidance program expands on the themes on Peabody and Emmy award-winning filmmaker and host Larkin McPhee's 2000 NOVA documentary Dying to Be Thin (VL-3/01). Focusing on ways to recognize warning signs and try to overcome anorexia and bulimia nervosa, Recovering looks at risk factors (including biology, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and sociocultural expectations), illness triggers (such as life transitions, trauma, or low self-esteem), dangers and medical compilations, and various treatment approaches (with recommended links). Featuring frank discussion from both sexes, the program provides solid hope for those suffering from an eating disorder. Recommended." ★★★
--Video Librarian September/October 2012
"Filmmaker Larkin McPhee's 2000 documentary Dying To Be Thin (PBS), an examination of anorexia and bulimia, held out the theory that eating disorders were at their peak and on a downturn. Unfortunately, that proved to be untrue as eating disorders continue to be a prevalent, serious medical condition, affecting people of all ages and race, especially young women. In this film, McPhee once again examines eating disorders. Divided into segments, the program discusses eating disorder risk factors, triggers, dangers, treatment, and recovery. Three young adults (two girls and a boy) talk about their struggles with food, trying to explain factors that made them vulnerable to anorexia or bulimia. Experts add professional insight and tell the importance of a three-prong attack (nutritional, medical, and psychological) and the necessity of family and peer support. Captions summarize each segment with the film concluding with a message of hope. Never give up is the mantra of those who have sought treatment and are successfully battling eating disorders."
--Booklist July 2012
"Recovering: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa is an educational DVD about eating disorders suitable for viewers of all ages and background, but especially ideal for high school and public library collections. Eating disroders affect people of all ages and races, but young women are the most at risk for these potentially deadly afflictions. Recovering: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa teaches viewers about who is at risk for an eating disorder, what sustains eating disorders, why eating disorders are dangerous (and sometimes lethal), and how eating disorders are treated. An invaluable teaching tool about a serious social problem, Recovering: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa is worthy of the highest recommendation."
--Midwest Book Review July 2012