Eating Your Heart Out


Eating disorders women encounter in the search for slimness.

SKU: 1050
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Producer: Trout Films, Australia.
Year Produced: 1985
Running time: 48 minutes
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A film about food, fat and dieting. From an early age, women learn that to be thin is to be happy, and that constant policing of our food intake, politely called dieting, is essential. But is it? Do diets even work? Could it be that they are part of the problem, not part of the solution? This tape is about four eating disorders: anorexia nervosa; bulimia; obesity and a condition known as the Fat/Thin Woman. Left unchecked each condition can, and often does, become a sophisticated style of suicide. The film examines the underlying causes of these conditions. It brings a new analysis to the so-called “slimmers’ diseases” suggesting that external social factors resulting in greater psychological stress play a much greater part than has previously been suspected. Every media message tells us that slimness is the key to social, sexual, and even professional success. However, the constant striving for slimness and the ideal feminine stereotype, has become the problem, not the solution, for many women.

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