Netflix faces backlash over To The Bone's glamourisation of Anorexia
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Having recently come under fire for their portrayal of suicide in their adaptation of Thirteen Reasons Why, Netflix chiefs are now facing a significant backlash over their portrayal of the eating disorder Anorexia in their original film, To The Bone, starring Lily Collins. To The Bone is due to be released worldwide on 14th July 2017 via Netflix. The film stars Lily Collins as Ellen, a young lady who is sent to a group home to be looked after by her doctor, William Beckham (Keanu Reeves), as she tries to recover from her illness. The film, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival, has already attracted a variety of comments and criticicism over how faithful and realistic the portrayal of the illness actually is. Some critics have been wholly stark in their negativity, summising the project as 'A pretty, middle class, white girl has an illness that requires her to spend some time being looked after by a sexy alternative therapist.' The film has also attracted negative publicity from a number of young people's mental health charities, over concerns about how it might act as a 'thinspiration'. Most damningly, Australia's top psychologists are labelling the film as a "manual" for eating disorders worldwide. Leading the backlash is Butterfly Foundation Chief Christine Morgan, who warned the film may serve as copycat material for impressionable young people worldwide. Ms. Morgan said: “We know that images of people who are seriously ill with an eating disorder are powerful triggers. We also know that these images can inspire copycat behaviour, especially for those suffering with Anorexia Nervosa.”
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