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The Best Documentaries About Eating Disorders 

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Updated January 17, 2020 1k votes 478 voters 67.7k views 22 items

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

Released: 2006

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

Released: 2000

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I'm a Boy Anorexic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Eating Disorders
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For the Love of Nancy Paul Schneider

Actors: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tracey Gold, Jill Clayburgh, Enuka Okuma, William Devane, + more

Released: 1994

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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Douglas Barr

Actors: Wendie Malick, Amy Jo Johnson, Cathy Rigby, Brett Cullen, Ray Baker, + more

Released: 1997

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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John Kastner

Released: 1981

Sharing the Secret is a 1981 documentary film written by John Kastner and Rose Kastner and directed by John Kastner.
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The Karen Carpenter Story Joseph Sargent, Richard Carpenter

Actors: Louise Fletcher, Cynthia Gibb, Peter Michael Goetz, Scott Burkholder, Mitchell Anderson, + more

Released: 1989

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

Actors: Christina Hendricks, Barbara Hershey, Susan May Pratt, John Getz, Briony Glassco, + more

Released: 2003

Hunger Point is a 2003 drama film directed by Joan Micklin Silver.
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Arthur Allan Seidelman

Actors: Ed Asner, Mackenzie Phillips, Meredith Baxter, Shari Belafonte, Ben Masters, + more

Released: 1986

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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Released: 2000

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Sam O'Steen

Actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1981

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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Christopher Leitch

Released: 1997

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes is a film directed by Christopher Leitch released on January 19, 1997.
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Invisible Weight

Released: 2013

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Suzuki Matsuo

Actors: Yū Aoi, Yuki Uchida, Hideaki Anno, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ryō, + more

Released: 2007

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

Actors: Kimberly McCullough, Mary-Margaret Humes

Released: 2001

Dying to Dance is a film directed by Mark Haber released on August 12, 2001.
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Ballerina Marie Epstein, Jean Benoit-Lévy

Actors: Mia Slavenska, Mady Berry, Yvette Chauviré

Released: 1937

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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Shadows and Lies Jay Anania

Actors: James Franco, Josh Lucas, Julianne Nicholson, Martin Donovan, Ian Kahn, + more

Released: 2010

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

Actors: James Colquhoun, James Caitlin, Nick Bolton, Carla Nirella, Joe Gaudet

Released: 2012

Hungry for Change is a 2012 documentary film directed by James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch and Carlo Ledesma.
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Will Geiger

Actors: Blake Lively, Mary Steenburgen, Joe Mantegna, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, + more

Released: 2007

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

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Scooby-Doo and the Cyber... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Eating Disorders
asddf added Jim Stenstrum

Actors: Frank Welker, Grey DeLisle, Glenn Shadix, Bob Bergen, B. J. Ward, + more

Released: 2001

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
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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Eating Disorders
asddf added Sam Taylor-Johnson

Actors: Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden, Jamie Dornan, Rachel Skarsten, + more

Released: 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2015 American erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, based on the E.L. James's 2011 novel of the same name. 21-year-old Anastasia "Ana" ...more

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Life Is Sweet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Eating Disorders
Mike Leigh

Actors: Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Stephen Rea, Alison Steadman, + more

Released: 1990

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