In the US alone it is estimated that 5 million people suffer from eating disorders, and as many as one in seven women with anorexia will die from the illness. THIN is a documentary that follows four women out of the many millions who suffer from eating disorders, giving us an insight into the brutal reality of the personal struggles and obstacles each woman faces in their quest to recovery.
As we follow Brittany (15), Shelly (25), Polly (29) and Alisa (30), we learn that each woman’s struggle to overcome their illness is a unique experience. Some are willing to sabotage their treatment, while others will do anything to recover; and some will make progress only to find out that their medical insurance will not cover the long-term care that is required to fully recover.
It is an emotional journey into what life is really like in a residential facility and the challenges that many young women face each day. From the one-on-one and group therapy sessions, emotionally wrought mealtimes, early morning weigh-ins, heated arguments with staff members, and tense encounters with family members, the film provides a truly unique look at the complexities of eating disorders, it is simply not about food, body image or self-esteem, but a tangle of personal, familial, cultural and mental health issues.