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When you’re looking for movies or documentaries on Netflix, it would be nice to have a guide on ones that pertain to certain subject. I’ve sat and searched for the 5 best movies/documentaries on Netflix about eating disorders and made a list of what I’ve found.

1. America the Beautiful 

Director Darryl Roberts’ stimulating film studies America’s obsession with external appearance and the impractical ideals of beauty verbalized to the public by the media, pop culture and the fashion industry. It features discussions with celebrities (such as Mena Suvari and Aisha Tyler), media personalities and fashion experts, the documentary looks at everything from plastic surgery’s rising reputation to common concerns about eating disorders.

2. America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments 

Darryl Roberts proceeds with an additional look at the American beauty industry, this time investigating how the nationwide fixation with weight loss has harmfully affected our opinion of what really constitutes a healthy weight.

3. Hungry for Change 

This documentary uncovers secrets with weight loss, diets and food industries that they don’t want customers to know about, such as: deceiving tactics to keep you coming back for more. In this film, you find out what’s keeping people from having the bodies and health they truly want.

4. My 600-LB Life: Melissa’s Story 

Melissa Morris, who weighs 673 pounds, overcomes her life-threatening obesity with gastric bypass surgery and her recovery is packed with struggles of its own. This mother who lives in Texas must also deal with her condition’s effect on her self-confidence and her marriage.

5. Freaky Eaters 

“Freaky eaters” is a documentary featured on TLC that shows the difficulties those with a compulsion towards certain foods have. With professional help, they are able to confront the agonizing truth behind their food obsessions and regain control of their diets and lives.

Of course, this is only a small portion of the many, many movies and documentaries that are based on eating disorders but it’s a small start. There is so much more all over television and the internet and I was pleased to find as much as I did when searching because it is good to be informing people about eating disorders. I wasn’t anywhere near as educated about them before I started working at Palm Partners and am glad to say I have more knowledge on them now.

Whether you want to learn about eating disorders because you know someone with one or you are just curious to learn about it, any of these movies/documentaries can be very helpful and beneficial to watch. If you are looking for other ways to find information, there are so many books at the library or bookstores on eating disorders and we even have a lot of blogs on it, too. It’s great to be informed about these things; this is an illness that is becoming bigger and bigger in society today. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

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