I’m A Child Anorexic

Topics Psychology


In a North London clinic, around 30 severely underweight children are undergoing treatment for anorexia. Some of them are barely six years old.

Filmed over four months, I’m a Child Anorexic documents the highs and pitiful lows of their 12-week programme, featuring their own video diaries and conversations with each other.

It is a raw and shocking insight into the kids’ beliefs about food, dieting and fat; and the terrifying power of TV, magazines, celebrities, parents and peers in influencing and distorting their perceptions.

Watch these girls go from the dangerously emaciated and malnourished states they arrive in to a healthy weight and their departure. But has their attitude to food changed? And can they maintain their weight back at home, with the constant pressures from society to stay slim?

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  1. Oh look. Another documentary that blames the media on everything.

    It’s funny, we don’t see the same thing espoused in schizophrenia documentaries. But, would you know it, both illnesses have are 80% biologically based and 20% environmentally influenced.

    Don’t fucking push these myths further. We’re sick of it.

    1. Did we watch the same thing? I was pleasantly surprised that they emphasized that it was a mental illness and predisposition – a need to “control.” Not once did I hear it blamed on the media or the need to have perfect thin photoshopped body like in the magazine. I thought it was tastefully done.

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