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The Best Movies About Eating Disorders  

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List Rules Movies about eating disorders and body image issues.

News of an amazing singer like Karen Carpenter tragically dying, the struggles that athletes, dancers, and gymnastics have over being more thin, people who struggle with body image, and the psychological issues that haunt people who have severe food issues – these are all things that might cross your mind when thinking about eating disorders. These issues are unfortunately prevalent enough in today's society that many films have been made about the subject.

Some of the best movies tell the story of a true event that happened in a person’s life, helping to make something difficult to understand more accessible. Many of the movies featured on this list take an honest look at what makes a person truly struggle with an eating disorder, how it affects their family and close friends and how people who struggle with this disorder can overcome it. Other films are fictional stories, but no less impactful.

This list has the best movies about eating disorders including: Heathers, Girl, Interrupted, Center Stage, and Perfect Body. Vote up your favorite films on this list or add one you love that isn't already included.
To the Bone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Eating Disorders
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To the Bone

To the Bone is a 2017 American drama film, written and directed by Marti Noxon. The film follows a girl named Ellen (Lily Collins) as she battles anorexia. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, + more

Directed by: Marti Nixon

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Sharing the Secret is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Eating Disorders
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Sharing the Secret

Sharing the Secret is a 2000 American television drama film about a teenage girl's struggle with bulimia and its effect on her parents and friends. Originally airing on CBS television networks in the United States, the film has also aired on cable television's Lifetime Network. In 2001, the film received a Peabody Award for "an impressive, moving, and candid portrait of a teenager in crisis." ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Mare Winningham, Diane Ladd, Tim Matheson, Alison Lohman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Katt Shea

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When Friendship Kills is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Eating Disorders
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When Friendship Kills, also released as A Secret Between Friends: A Moment of Truth Movie, is a 1996 American television film directed by James A. Contner. The movie is a part of the Moment of Truth franchise and deals with the danger of anorexia nervosa among teens. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Lynda Carter, Marley Shelton, Katie Wright

Released: 1996

Directed by: James A. Contner

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Perfect Body is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Eating Disorders
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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 and been released on DVD. The film stars former Power Rangers and Felicity actress Amy Jo Johnson. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Douglas Barr

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