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Powerful Documentaries About Eating Disorders

Updated February 17, 2021 1.2k votes 543 voters 78.0k views18 items

List RulesDocumentaries about eating disorders and body image.

This list of documentaries about anorexia and eating disorders has been ranked by the most memorable documentaries about body issues and the disorders they can inflict. But what are the most powerful bulimia and anorexia documentary about eating disorders? Vote up the documentaries that you feel handle the subject matter in the most responsible way.

As you vote, the order of the list will be change to see which documentary about eating disorders viewers think is the best. Not all eating disorder documentaries focus on avoiding food, there are also compulsive overeating documentaries as well. This list currently includes titles such as Killing Us Softly, Dying to Be Thin, and Thin.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate viewers. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying. Vote up the eating disorder documentaries that you think others should watch.

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  • Thin1
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    Thin

    Lauren Greenfield

    ActorsShelly Guillory, Brittany Robinson, Alisa Williams

    Released2006

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  • I'm a Boy Anorexic2
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    I'm a Boy Anorexic

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  • Dying to Be Thin3
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    Dying to Be Thin

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  • For the Love of Nancy4
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    For the Love of Nancy

    Paul Schneider

    ActorsMark-Paul Gosselaar, Tracey Gold, Jill Clayburgh, Enuka Okuma, William Devane

    Released1994

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  • The Karen Carpenter Story5
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    The Karen Carpenter Story

    Joseph Sargent, Richard Carpenter

    ActorsLouise Fletcher, Cynthia Gibb, Peter Michael Goetz, Scott Burkholder, Mitchell Anderson

    Released1989

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  • Perfect Body6
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    Perfect Body

    Douglas Barr

    ActorsWendie Malick, Amy Jo Johnson, Cathy Rigby, Brett Cullen, Ray Baker

    Released1997

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  • Sharing the Secret7
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    Sharing the Secret

    John Kastner

    Released1981

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  • Kate's Secret8
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    Kate's Secret

    Arthur Allan Seidelman

    ActorsEd Asner, Mackenzie Phillips, Meredith Baxter, Shari Belafonte, Ben Masters

    Released1986

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  • Hunger Point9
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    Hunger Point

    Joan Micklin Silver

    ActorsChristina Hendricks, Barbara Hershey, Susan May Pratt, John Getz, Briony Glassco

    Released2003

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  • The Best Little Girl in the World10

    ActorsJennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Dunning, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1981

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  • Little Girls in Pretty Boxes12
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    Released1997

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  • Dying to Dance13
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    Dying to Dance

    Mark Haber

    ActorsKimberly McCullough, Mary-Margaret Humes

    Released2001

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  • Ballerina14
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    Ballerina

    Marie Epstein, Jean Benoit-Lévy

    ActorsMia Slavenska, Mady Berry, Yvette Chauviré

    Released1937

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  • Welcome to the Quiet Room15

    ActorsYū Aoi, Yuki Uchida, Hideaki Anno, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ryō

    Released2007

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  • Shadows and Lies16
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    Shadows and Lies

    Jay Anania

    ActorsJames Franco, Josh Lucas, Julianne Nicholson, Martin Donovan, Ian Kahn

    Released2010

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  • Invisible Weight17
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    Invisible Weight

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  • Hungry for Change18
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    Hungry for Change

    Carlo Ledesma, Laurentine ten Bosch

    ActorsJames Colquhoun, James Caitlin, Nick Bolton, Carla Nirella, Joe Gaudet

    Released2012

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