Huge Trigger Warnings: Anorexia, Bulimia, Purging,“Thinspiration”, Miscarriage.
To the Bone is a Netflix Original Movie about a girl named Ellen ( Lily Collins) . A 20 year old woman struggling with anorexia nervosa. In the midst of family problems and her own fears, she is accepted into a group home run by an unusual doctor (Keanu Reeves). Through the people she meets and the journey she takes, Ellen follows a path of self discovery and acceptance that will lead her to a surprising place she never would have thought possible.
Just finished To The Bone,and I sit here in tears, I needed to talk about the movie. Say what you will about this movie but I loved it. This film doesn’t romanticize eating disorders! It show’s how scary they are. It shows how they can become an unhealthy obsession that controls every aspect of your life! Lily Collins is an amazing actress, but I find it crazy how they made her lose weight for this movie knowing she had an eating disorder in the past. But forcing her to lose weight it could have been dangerous for her, possibly causing a relapse.
This movie was hard at times to watch, but that doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t watch it. It is triggering to some but I think the awareness of the sicknesses needs to be shown so people can witness the thought process and the feelings being experienced by someone struggling with Anorexia or Bulimia. One of the things I felt was un-necessary was the romance, it did not need to be included.
“Stop waiting for life to be easy. Stop hoping for somebody to save you. You don’t need another person lying to you. Things don’t all add up. But you are resilient. Face some hard facts and you could have an incredible life.”
Mental health is just as, if not more important than physical health. People overlook mental health because they cannot see it therefore they don’t think it’s that important. But if more people were educated on mental health I think society would view it differently. Just because there is no physical pain docent mean a person is not in pain.
P.S: To anyone who’s dealing with any kind of mental disorder, illness or is just having a bad time, BE STRONG.