The Best Documentaries About Eating Disorders  

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List Rules Documentaries about eating disorders and body image.

This list of the best documentaries about eating disorders has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with a lot of independent films. What is the best documentary about eating disorders? Vote up your favorites below or add a documentary that looks at the topic of eating disorders you thought was well done, if it isn't already on the list.

As you vote, the order of the list will be change to see which documentary about eating disorders viewers think is the best. If you don't see your favorite on the list, add it along with the titles so that others may vote on it, 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.
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Lauren Greenfield
The 2006 cinéma vérité documentary film, Thin, directed by Lauren Greenfield and distributed by HBO, is an exploration of The Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Florida; a ...more
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Dying to Be Thin
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Douglas Barr
Perfect Body is a 1997 American drama film about a young gymnast who develops an eating disorder. It originally aired on NBC on September 8, 1997. It has since aired on Lifetime and ABC Family ...more
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Paul Schneider
For the Love of Nancy is a 1994 television film directed by Paul Schneider. The film, based on a true story, deals with anorexia nervosa. Lead actress Tracey Gold was actually recovering from ...more
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John Kastner
Sharing the Secret is a 1981 documentary film written by John Kastner and Rose Kastner and directed by John Kastner.
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Joseph Sargent, Richard Carpenter
The Karen Carpenter Story is an American television film about singer Karen Carpenter and the brother-and-sister pop music duo of which she was a part, The Carpenters. The film aired on the CBS ...more
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Joan Micklin Silver
Hunger Point is a 2003 drama film directed by Joan Micklin Silver.
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Arthur Allan Seidelman
Kate's Secret is a 1986 television film starring Meredith Baxter Birney, Ben Masters, Tracy Nelson, and Edward Asner. The film's plot, about a seemingly "perfect" suburban housewife ...more
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Christopher Leitch
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes is a film directed by Christopher Leitch released on January 19, 1997.
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Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women is an American, feminist documentary by Jean Kilbourne, distributed by Cambridge Documentaries. The documentary was first released in 1979 and has ...more
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Sam O'Steen
The Best Little Girl in the World is a 1981 television film directed by Sam O'Steen and executive produced by Aaron Spelling. The film is based upon the 1978 novel of the same name written by ...more
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Suzuki Matsuo
Welcome to the Quiet Room is a Japanese movie released in 2007 in Japan, directed by Suzuki Matsuo. It is set in a psychiatric hospital. The movie stars Yuki Uchida in the main role, and ...more
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Mark Haber
Dying to Dance is a film directed by Mark Haber released on August 12, 2001.
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Shadows and Lies Jay Anania
Shadows and Lies is a 2010 crime drama written and directed by Jay Anania.
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Carlo Ledesma, Laurentine ten Bosch, James Colquhoun
Hungry for Change is a 2012 documentary film directed by James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch and Carlo Ledesma.
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Ballerina Marie Epstein, Jean Benoit-Lévy
Ballerina is a 1937 French ballet film directed by Jean Benoit-Lévy and Marie Epstein, starring Yvette Chauviré, Mia Slavenska and Jeanine Charrat. The original French title is La ...more
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Invisible Weight
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Will Geiger
Elvis and Anabelle is an American romantic drama, directed by Will Geiger. It premiered on March 10, 2007 at the South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas. Premiered on HBO in ...more
Life Is Sweet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Eating Disorders
Mike Leigh
Life Is Sweet is a 1990 British comedy-drama film directed by Mike Leigh, starring Jim Broadbent, Alison Steadman, Claire Skinner, Jane Horrocks and Timothy Spall. Leigh's third cinematic film, ...more
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Eating Disorders
asddf added Jim Stenstrum
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase is the fourth of a series of direct-to-video animated films based on Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on October 9, 2001. It ...more
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Eating Disorders
asddf added Sam Taylor-Johnson
Fifty Shades of Grey is a film adaptation of the novel by E. L. James.